18th July, 2010
Kidnapped Chairman of Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Wahab Oba and three other journalists with their driver who were abducted a week ago in southeast Abia State have regained their freedom.
The journalists told reporters they regained their freedom today, between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. local time at Ukpakiri in the Obingwa local government area of the state.
Speaking at the police headquarters in Umuahia, Oba said they were released by their abductors miraculously in a market.
The NUJ chairman said the hoodlums had taken them to a market square where they were abandoned between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. local time and that they had to wait till 6 a.m. local time.
Oba and others were seized last Sunday in Aba when they returning from Akwa Ibom State where they had gone to attend the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the NUJ.
The kidnappers had demanded for a ransom of N250 million which they later slashed to N30 million.
Widespread condemnation trailed their abduction which also underlined the state of insecurity across the country.
Kinapping has become very rampant all over the country and President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to crush those behind it.
The journalists told reporters they regained their freedom on Sunday, between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. local time at Ukpakiri in the Obingwa local government area of the state.