Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nigeria: "The Nation" Journalist Kidnapped for N20 Million (US$115,729)

According to http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng, a journalist working for The Nation in Aba, Abia state, Ugochukwu Ugorji-Eke has been kidnapped by gunmen. Ugorji-Eke was kidnapped Sunday night (November 16) at his Aba residence at approximately 1930 hours. 

The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of N20million (US$115,729).

The Abia state government has promised to ensure his early release from his abductors.
Briefing newsmen at the Government House on the matter, the Commissioner for Petroleum and alternate Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Don Ubani queried why the journalist would be kidnapped.

Ubani disclosed that the state government has risen to the occasion and made necessary contacts with the various security agencies in the state with a view to facilitating his release and expressed optimism that he will soon regain his freedom.
COMMENT: If Ubani cannot make reasonable assumptions as to why a middle-class journalist would be kidnapped, he may well need to focus on the fact that Nigeria is the THIRD highest nation in the world for abductions and hostage-takings out of 20 countries:

http://www.businessinsider.com/top-20-countries-by-kidnapping-2013-12

What is most bizarre is why the Nigerian government is in "such a rush to make a deal with criminals" when it at the same time seems incapable of turning the country upside down to find 200+ schoolgirls in April 2014?

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