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British hostage murder: family’s grief ‘We knew he was in danger. We are devastated by this news’

Published: March 9, 2012 | 8:33 am
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The parents of Christopher McManus said last night they were “devastated” by their son’s death but praised the efforts of those who tried to save him.

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Mr McManus, a 28-year-old engineer from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was working for the firm B Stabilini and building a bank.
He was abducted by gunmen who stormed his apartment in Birnin-Kebbi in the north-west of the country in May last year.
Mr McManus’s family said they were told of his death just hours before it was made public.
They released a joint statement through the Foreign Office.
It said: “As a family, we are of course devastated by the news of Chris’ death.

“During this ordeal we have relied heavily on the support of our family and friends which has never waned and has enabled us to get through the most difficult of times.
“We are also aware of the many people who were working to try and have Chris returned to our family, and his girlfriend. We would like to thank all of them
for their efforts. We knew Chris was in an extremely dangerous situation. However we knew that everything that could be done was being done.”
Mr McManus was captured with an Italian colleague, Franco Lamolinara, in the raid in May.
A German colleague managed to escape by scaling a wall but a Nigerian engineer was shot and wounded.
The family statement added: “Our thoughts are also of course with the loved ones of Chris’s colleague, Franco Lamolinara, who are also coming to terms with this truly sad news.”
Following his abduction the congregation at a Manchester church was urged to pray for him. Terry McNamara, a family friend, posted a message online which read: “A family friend of the McNamaras and his colleague have been kidnapped at gunpoint in Nigeria. Information is very scarce at present and as of yet no ransom demand has been made. Please pray for their safe and quick rescue and for peace and wisdom for his family in the UK.”
It is unclear how long Mr McManus had been in Nigeria when he was kidnapped.


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