Four Nigerian journalists abducted


From Abuja and Lagos — Senior officials of International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) have arrived the country on the invitation of the Federal Government to help track down the kidnappers of four journalists and a driver who were seized on Sunday by unknown gunmen.

In a message, one of the abducted journalists, who is also Chairman of Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Wahab Alabi Oba, said they were alright but desired freedom.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the Interpol officials immediately on arrival headed straight to Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and held a crucial meeting with senior officials of the NUJ and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, for several hours.

The Interpol was created in 1923. It facilitates cross-border police co-operation, supports and assists all organisations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.

The National Secretary of NUJ, Mr. Shu'aibu Usman Leman, who confirmed the arrival of the Interpol officials yesterday, said, "The Nigeria Police is cooperating with the Interpol and its experts to crack open the case. Keep praying."

However, he said that yesterday morning when the kidnappers spoke with the National President of NUJ, Malam Muhammad Garba, they insisted on the N250 million ransom they demanded on Sunday.

"We are having a problem; as at the time we spoke with the kidnappers this morning, they are still insisting on the N250 million ransom. We told them their demand is unrealistic; that we don't have that kind of money; for us that is a near stalemate", he said.

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