Nigeria: Kidnapped journo frees himself
21 March 2012, 17:18
Lagos - A Nigerian journalist kidnapped for ransom
this week in the southern oil city of Warri has escaped from his captors
by climbing through a window, police and union officials said on
"The man escaped from his abductors yesterday," Delta
state police spokesperson Charles Muka told AFP, but would not give
The journalist, Wari-based freelancer Monday Whiskey,
"escaped through the window of the house where he was kept", the
Nigerian Union of Journalists state chairperson Norbert Chiazor said.
He said Whiskey was kidnapped in front of his house on Monday night and taken to another location outside Warri.
"The kidnappers made contact with his family and demanded a ransom of 10 million naira ($63 000)," he said.
Chiazor said Whiskey escaped when the guard looking after him left the building, about 16km from Warri.
he was chained in both legs, Whiskey managed to escape through the
window," he said, adding that no ransom was paid before the "miraculous
escape of the journalist".
The police said no arrest had been made.
of ransom kidnappings have been carried out in the oil-producing Niger
Delta region, but journalists have seldom been targeted.
oil workers and family members of wealthy Nigerians have been the main
targets, though a 2009 amnesty deal for militants sharply reduced unrest
in the region.