It is with great regret that the ABDO board and staff learnt of the tragic death of long serving member Ian Squire who had been killed following being taken hostage in Nigeria.
Ian joined ABDO in April 1985 and qualified as a dispensing optician in 1988. He has been a full member ever since. Ian, who owned his own practice in Shepperton, was known for his compassion and desire to help others.
At the time of his death Ian had been working with other healthcare professionals providing much needed care to those in need.
ABDO President, Fiona Anderson, said “We are all greatly saddened by Ian’s premature death. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. Ian clearly believed in helping others and we in ABDO will honour his memory by continuing to encourage and support members who take part in such worthy ventures.”
Statement issued on behalf of the families of Alanna Carson, Ian Squire, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan:
“Alanna, Ian, David and Shirley were kidnapped in Nigeria some three weeks ago.
“We are grateful for the support received by the British High Commission, and help from the Nigerian authorities in negotiating their release. We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death.
“This has been a traumatic time for our loved ones who were kidnapped and for their families and friends here in the UK. We would therefore ask that the media respect our privacy as we come to terms with the news. We will not be making any further comment.”
A Foreign Office spokesperson said:
“We are supporting the families of four British people who were abducted on 13 October in Nigeria, one of whom was tragically killed.
“This has clearly been a traumatic time for all concerned, and our staff will continue to do all we can to support the families.
“We are grateful to the Nigerian authorities, and are unable to comment given the ongoing nature of their investigations.
“We are grateful to media for respecting the privacy of the families.”
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