Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Gunmen have freed abducted former chairman of Federated Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State Council, Mr. Julius Olusegun Osahon.
Stonix News had reported that the Bayelsa State Guardian reporter was abducted on Monday, March 28, 2022.
He was released night of Friday, April 1, 2022, as contained on the Delta State Council (NUJ) WhatsApp platform by a member of the National Executive Council of the NUJ, Chief Festus Ahon.
The terse message read thus: “Our kidnapped colleague, Mr Osahon, working in Bayelsa State, has been released in Ughelli, Delta State.
“He is in stable condition. From Edo Council chairman.”
Osahon and about 17 other passengers were traveling in a commercial bus owned by Sunny Eru Motors when they were kidnapped by gunmen along the Patani axis of the East-West road.
The armed men shot dead the driver of the vehicle and whisked the passengers including the journalist into the woods.
The abductors had, after the abduction, demanded N5 million from the family of the journalist, but it couldn’t be ascertained the amount the gunmen eventually collected before his release was effected Friday night.