Abducted Nigerian journalist released by gunmen in SE state

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A female Nigerian journalist who was kidnapped on Monday by gunmen in the southeastern state of Abia regained freedom and reunited with her family, local police said on Thursday.

State police chief Jane Agbede told Xinhua in Umuahia, the state capital that the victim, Chinenye Iwuoha, a presenter with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, was actually released unhurt late Wednesday by her captors.

Agbede said the journalist was released unconditionally, following heavy pressure from the police.

Iwuoha was kidnapped by armed bandits while returning from work.

Abductors had demanded a ransom of 20 million nairas (about 51, 000 U. S. dollars) for her release when they contacted her family.

But it was unclear whether any ransom was paid to the kidnappers who freed Iwuoha late on Wednesday. Enditem

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