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article imageAbducted Nigerian journalists rescued Special

By Samuel Okocha     Jul 18, 2010 in World
"Good news: The four abducted Nigerian journalists have been rescued by the police" were the words heard at the tale end of the network news of Radio Nigeria on Sunday, a week after the incident in Abia State, south eastern Africa's most populous country.
Wahab Oba, one of the rescued Journalists and Chairman, Lagos state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ told newsmen that for seven days, they never stayed in a place for four hours.
''For seven days, we never stayed in a place for four hours. It was continuous movement because the police was closing up on the hoodlums and we must sincerely appreciate the Nigerian police for that wonderful job''
The kidnappers had reportedly abandoned their victims in the market square in the early hours of Sunday before the police rescued them few hours later without any payment of ransom earlier demanded by the kidnappers. The journalists were robbed of 3 million naira cash during their ordeal with their abductors.
A prayer session was held last week in Lagos for the journalists kidnapped along with their driver while returning from a meeting of the National Executive Council of the NUJ which took place in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The head of the NUJ of News Agency of Nigeria chapel, Dele Akinsola who opened the prayer session, said without the timely intervention of the police, the journalists would have remained in the hands of the kidnappers.
''If not for the intervention of the police who have moved in and then try to tell the DPOs, the Area Commanders, the Commissioners of Police that their jobs are on the line if they don't produce those journalists, I guess without the intervention of the Inspector General of Police and Mr. President, I am not sure the journalists would be out by now," the journalist and unionist said.
He decried the spate of kidnapping in the south east and south-south of the country which had become a huge venture and said there was need for the police to co-operate with other security agencies to curb crime in Nigeria.
In his words: "There's no co-operation among the security agencies to curtail crime because right now, if we are talking about kidnapping in the south east or south-south, by now there should be both the army, the police, every one of them should move in there and do a joint operation... and then they would curtail these people.''
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