British woman, Nigerian boyfriend killed by kidnappers in Nigeria

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A British woman and her Nigerian boyfriend were killed on Sunday by kidnappers, two days after they were abducted in northwestern Nigeria.

Three other people were abducted late on Friday evening, police and the British high commission said.

29-year old Faye Mooney and boyfriend Matthew Oguche were on a holiday resort in northwestern Nigeria, 37 miles south of Kaduna when they were abducted by kidnappers. 

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Kaduna state police said the kidnappers attacked the resort with guns.

“Some suspected kidnappers armed with dangerous weapons gained entry into a recreational resort called Kajuru Castle, shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead two persons, including an expatriate lady, and took away three others,” a Kaduna state police spokesman said.

Police said the alleged kidnappers have not been identified and no one has claimed responsibility for the killings.

Southern Kaduna has been embroiled in violence in recent months as Fulani herders and local farmers have repeatedly clashed. 

Hundreds have been killed while thousands have been displaced in the past two months alone.
Apart from those killings, kidnappings are often rampant for ransoms.

The Guardian quoted Mooney’s family as telling the newspaper she was a bright and intelligent woman with a “deep love for life and people” who had never been happier.

“She was on holiday with her boyfriend Matthew Oguche,” they said. 

“Faye was an inspiration to her family, friends, students and work colleagues. Her bravery and her belief in a better society took her to places others feared. Faye did what she wanted; nothing held her back.

“Permanently against the grain, Faye was unconventional to the core. Her family and friends are so proud of who she was and of everything she achieved in her short but purposeful life. Her memory will always be cherished,” they added, according to the Guardian. 

Chief executive Neal Keny-Guyer of Mercy Corps, the non-governmental aid agency Mooney worked for released a statement eulogizing her.

“Faye was a dedicated and passionate communications and learning specialist,” said , adding that colleagues were “utterly heartbroken”.

Mooney had “worked with Mercy Corps for almost two years, devoting her time to making a difference in Nigeria,” Keny-Guyer added.

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