NO RANSOM WAS PAID â€“ NUJ
The Natidonal President of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mohammed Garba, has said no ransom was paid to secure the release of the four. He told Daily Sun on phone that the abductors released their victims following pressure from police operatives.
He said no ransom was paid before the release of the journalists, but added that the media men were set free in the early hours of Sunday at Umuafor Ukwu in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
Also in a telephone conversation with the Daily Sun, the NUJ Lagos Council Secretary, Mr. Biodun Akinbusuyi told Daily Sun that the rescued journalists were taken to the Government House Umuahia for treatment.
Oba said that the kidnappers called them up at 1.30am to intimate them of their release but they could not locate the place they were, until 6am when they came out of the bush and identified themselves to some villagers.
He said they were later taken to the traditional ruler who handed them over to the police.
While counting their losses, the Lagos NUJ Chairman said that the kidnappers took their laptops, personal belongings, including phones and the sum of N3m and a Toyota Sienna bus with which they were traveling.