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Published On: Fri, Nov 21st, 2014

Kidnap of Journalists: NUJ expresses dismay, calls for alternative strategies

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By Evelyn Okakwu

The Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) has expressed displeasure over the cases of impunity and undue harassment of media practitioners.

Speaking during the press briefing with media men in Abuja, the National President Of the NUJ, Mohammed Garba said the meeting was to discourse the many cases of impunity against journalists, bearing in mind the two contentious issues, namely the kidnap of 14 journalists, on the 6th of November in Delta State, and the recent kidnap of the Nation’s Abia State correspondent,  Ugochukwu Eze  in Umuahia.

The NUJ president commended the efforts of the Delta State governor, Emanuel Uduaghan for his timely collaboration with security operatives to ensure their release of journalist kidnapped in Warri, but lamented the fact that their working tools were still with the kidnappers.

 He added that the NUJ was working in close relationship with the Union’s vice president of the South East zone Chris Isigbuso adding that reports from the VP says the kidnappers are demanding a ransom of

N15, million, haven dropped from the initial N20, million.

He called on all stake holders to work with the government in a bid to salvage the many security challenges, adding that no amount of effort was too much to cub the security challenges bedeviling the nation.

Regarding the extension of emergency rule, Comrade Garba said the stand of the Union was that the Government should do its best to set aside a timeline within which an alternative measure will be taken, if no result is achieved, as witnessed.

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