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.