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Free my son's killers if it saves Nigerian schoolgirls

Chris McManus was murdered in Nigeria in 2011. Credit: ITV News

The mother of man from Oldham who was murdered in Nigeria has said his killers should be released if it saves more than 200 captive school girls.

It was reported that Boko Haram, the group which claims to be holding the hostages, is demanding a prisoner swap in exchange for the release of the girls.

Among those prisoners the group wants to see freed are men accused of the kidnap and murder of Christopher McManus, a British engineer from Oldham who was killed in Nigeria in May 2011.

His mother, Laura McManus, told ITV News: "If an exchange took place with somebody that was involved with Christopher's murder, then I could live with that if these girls survived."

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Family's trauma and pain over death of worker in Nigeria

In a statement, the family of Chris McManus described the overwhelming feelings of trauma and pain when they were told of his death.

Laura McManus, the mother of Chris McManus prepares to read her statement Credit: PA Wire

"We accept that the decisions reached and taken by the authorities were the only ones possible based on the information available.

"Two years ago we lost our beloved Chris, the trauma, pain, horror and distress have been overwhelming and intense. We are living our way through the grief with the tireless support and love of our family and friends. Our thanks and love goes out to each and every one of them.

"Chris cannot be hurt any more; we and all those who loved him will always remember the way he lived and not the way he died."

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Death of British worker 'would have followed rapidly'

The pathologist who carried out the post-mortem found that in addition to head wounds, Christopher McManus also suffered injuries to the left leg, the left arm and torso. One section of the report read:

Death would have followed rapidly if not immediately... There would have been nothing a medical responder, however promptly they had been on the scene, could have done to save his life.

Oldham hostage "unlawfully killed" in Nigeria

A hostage from Oldham was killed by his captors as special forces were storming the building where he was being held, a coroner has concluded.

Christopher McManus, 28, had been working as a quantity surveyor in northern Nigeria when he was taken hostage with an Italian colleague in May 2011.

Chris McManus Credit: Press Association

They were shot to death ten months later just minutes into a rescue attempt.

Coroner David Ridley, recording a verdict of unlawful killing, said he had 'no doubt' the hostages were killed by one of two insurgents seen fleeing the building.

The inquest heard Christopher suffered multiple bullet wounds consistent with an AK47 assault rifle.


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Hostages 'killed in toilet' before forces arrived

British officials had worked for months trying to track down the captured men as rumours floated that they had been taken out of the country.

Nigerian government sources said that the men were killed before the arrival of security forces.

The wife of one of the guards holding the hostages in Nigeria claimed they were taken into a toilet and shot dead during the failed rescue attempt.

Today's hearing will take place at Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner's Court in Salisbury.