20 Apr 2009

Nigerian group frees UK hostage

10:52 pm on 20 April 2009

A British oil worker held hostage in Nigeria for more than six months has been freed.

A military official said on Sunday Robin Barry Hughes, 59, was handed over to the military in Nigeria's southern oil region.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta had held him since September.

In an e-mail earlier on Sunday, Mend said it would release Mr Hughes, an oil worker, "on health and age considerations".

However, there was no mention in the message of a second British hostage, Matthew Maguire, from Birkenhead, Merseyside.

Most of the 25 other people captured in the September incident have already been released.