Visit windpowermonthlyevents.com for the latest on our upcoming conferences and webcasts

Nigeria

Nigeria

Wind engineer escapes from Nigerian kidnappers

NIGERIA: A French engineer working on a 10MW project being built by Vergnet in northern Nigeria managed to escape at the weekend, nearly a year after being kidnapped by Islamic militants.

Francis Collomp has escaped his kidnappers
Francis Collomp has escaped his kidnappers
The group, Ansaru, which has links to Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying it was in protest against French military intervention in Mali and the ban on women wearing full veils in France.

The details of Francis Collomp's escape on Saturday remain hazy, although President François Hollande yesterday compared it to an "adventure story". According to one version, he fled during a military operation against the militants by the Nigerian army. The Nigerian police say he escaped when his captors were at prayer.

In early October, Vergnet said on its website that, after "extensive negotiations", it would hire local subcontractors to complete the Katsina wind farm, comprising 37 Vergnet 275kW turbines. It will be Nigeria's first industrial-scale facility.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Only [DAYS_LEFT] days Subscribe Now

Left of your Windpower Monthly free trial

Your free trial Subscribe Now

to Windpower Monthly has expired

Windpower Monthly Events

Search more than 4,500 companies in the Windpower Directory

Latest Jobs