British aid worker was shot dead in Nigeria after singing “Amazing Grace”


British aid worker was shot dead in Nigeria after singing “Amazing Grace”

Ian Squire, the 57-year-old British optician kidnapped in Nigeria, was shot dead after playing “Amazing Grace” on his acoustic guitar, his fellow hostages told Telegraph U.K.


Squire ‘s final moments were described by Christian charity workers David and Shirley Donovan, who were abducted from their accommodation in Delta State in the early hours of October 13.

They were held with Mr Squire, 57, and Alanna Carson as the four were working as missionary medics in west Africa. Dr Donovan, 57, told how the group’s spirits were lifted when the kidnappers returned a guitar and Mr Squire played Amazing Grace.

He told the Telegraph: “It was the perfect song, and at that point things began to look not quite as bad. But then, after Ian finished playing, he stood up, and a salvo of gunshots killed him instantly.

We didn’t see who did it, but it was obvious that someone in the gang had shot him. It was terrifying to see. We jumped out of the shack and into the water as we thought they were coming for us next, but a member of the gang came and put us back in there with Ian for the rest of the day.”

They were freed after the kidnappers told them a ransom had been paid, and were met by two SUVs, with Mr Donovan saying the smell of the leather and the air conditioning “was like stepping from one world into another”.

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