July 23, 2017

Kidnapped Warri journalist escapes through open window

Police and union officials say Prince Monday Whiskey, the journalist and former staff of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, who was kidnapped earlier this week has escaped from his captors by climbing out a window.

“The man escaped from his abductors yesterday,” Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka told AFP, but would not give details.

The journalist, Warri-based freelancer Monday Whiskey, “escaped through the window of the hosue where he was kept,” the Nigerian Union of Journalists state chairman Norbert Chiazor said.

Whiskey had been kidnapped at his residence, earlier reports stated, when the kidnappers forced him into their vehicle, taking him to another location 10 miles outside Warri.

“The kidnappers made contact with his family and demanded a ransom of 10 million naira ($63,000, 48,000 euros),” Chiazor said, adding that Whiskey had made his escape when the guard looking after him had left the building.

“Although 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 in the bizarre kidnapping case. There have been several abductions in the region, mostly targeting expatriate workers, journalists are rarely kidnapped.

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