A British aid worker has been confirmed dead after she was shot by kidnappers in Kaduna.
The woman identified by the British High Commission as Faye Mooney was among two people shot dead as the armed kidnappers stormed a holiday resort late on Friday.
The armed gang also killed a Nigerian man and reportedly kidnapped three others after gaining entry to the Kajuru Castle Resort in Kaduna State.
According to Daily Mail, the aid worker, 29, from Manchester, who was employed in Nigeria by a non-governmental organisation called Mercy Corps, travelled from Lagos as a tourist and was attending a party before the incident happened.
Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps said they are ‘heartbroken’ at the loss of the ‘dedicated’ Faye Mooney.
He said: ‘Faye was a dedicated and passionate communications and learning specialist who had worked with Mercy Corps for almost two years, devoting her time to making a difference in Nigeria, supporting our teams and the communities we work with to tell their stories of impact, and leading efforts to counter hate speech and violence.
A graduate of University College London and the London School of Economics who had taught in Iraq and worked in Kosovo to combat human trafficking, Faye was deeply committed to fostering cross-cultural collaboration and was an inspiration to us all.’
There has been no claim of responsibility for the incident and the kidnappers have yet to be identified, police said.
Mooney was employed in Nigeria by a non-governmental organisation called Mercy Corps. Her next of kin have been notified, the British High Commission said.
‘Some suspected kidnappers armed with dangerous weapons gained entry into a recreational resort called Kajuru Castle in Kajuru local government area shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead two persons, including an expatriate lady, and took away three others,’ Kaduna state police spokesman said.
‘We are engaging with the Nigerian authorities, and we understand an investigation is underway,’ the British High Commission said in a statement.