Nigerian police deploys special team to rescue kidnapped journalists

08:16, July 13, 2010      

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Nigerian Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ogbonna Onovo has ordered the deployment of a crack team of detectives from Imo and Akwa Ibom to assist in efforts to rescue four kidnapped journalists.

National police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told reporters in Abuja on Monday that the IGP gave the order to the commissioners of police in the two states on Sunday.

Ojukwu said the police were deeply concerned about the abduction of the journalists, who were kidnapped on Sunday when returning from the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) held in Uyo.

He said the IGP directed that the journalists be rescued unhurt and their abductors fished out and brought to justice.

"We are making significant progress to rescue the victims and restore their freedom," he told reporters.

According to him, efforts aimed at freeing the men and re- uniting them with their families were ongoing and reiterated the directive of the police to the public not to pay ransom for the release of their kidnapped relations.

Source: Xinhua


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