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Abducted Guardian Bayelsa Correspondent regains freedom – Family

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alkali Baba Usman

After five days in captivity, Mr. Julious Osahon, a Correspondent of Guardian Newspapers has regained his freedom, a family source has said.

Mrs. Jessica Osahon, spouse to the journalist confirmed his freedom in a telephone chat on Saturday and said that her husband was on his way to reunite with the family in Benin City, Edo capital.

She explained that her husband had spoken with her, and just left the Police Division at Ugheli after being debriefed.

It would be recalled that gunmen suspected to be kidnappers had on Sunday abducted Osahon alongside other passengers in transit to Ughelli in Delta and demanded a ransom of N5 million.

It could not be immediately ascertained if any ransom was paid to secure Osahon’s release.

Osahon, and other passengers were ambushed at Evwreni Community axis along the East-West road near Patani.

The kidnappers reportedly got angry at the media spotlight that followed Osahon’s abduction and jerked up the ransom from N5 million to N50 million.

It was learnt that the commercial passenger bus operated by Sunny Eru Motors has been recovered and kept at the company’s terminal in Yenagoa with bullet holes all over the bus.

The Federated Correspondents’ Chapel (FCC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),  Bayelsa Council had condemned the abduction of the Journalist and other Nigerians who were going about their legitimate businesses.

The FCC had in a statement signed by Messrs Chris Eze and Bassey Willie, Chairman and Secretary respectively called on security agencies to effect the unconditional release of the journalist and others abducted with him.

“The chapel wondered why gunmen would  attack someone who is only discharging his responsibility as a journalist.

The chapel urged the security agents both in Bayelsa and Delta states to collaborate and ensure that Mr. Osahon and all those abducted in the ill-fated bus were rescued unhurt.

They also called on the Federal and State governments to ensure that there is adequate security on the nation’s highways especially the Bayelsa and Delta axis of the East-West road.

“Security situation in our nation is becoming worrisome on a daily basis, innocent citizens are being killed, kidnapped and their valuables carted away by criminals, that is why we call on government to discharge its responsibility of protecting citizens’ lives and property optimally.”

The chapel equally noted that ” Journalists are not wealthy men in the society but just doing their duties to contribute to the growth and development of the nation,” and had wondered where Mr. Osahon will get N5 million demanded by the kidnappers to regain his freedom.


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