Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has condemned the abduction of five journalists by gunmen, between Akwa Ibom and Abia States.

The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary/Special Assistant on Media, Patrick Ugbe, lamented that such acts of criminality were getting out of hand, and called on the security agencies to not only fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book, but to put a stop to such acts in the country.

Imoke also commiserated with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ,  and the families of the five kidnapped journalists, praying that they regain their freedom without any harm.

“It is becoming embarrassing and rather unfortunate that Nigerians are now using kidnapping as a business. This surely is not our way of life. Such acts are unacceptable and should not be tolerated”, he said.

Imoke was particularly concerned that yet again,  innocent journalists were at the receiving end of such acts of criminality, recalling the fate of other journalists who were murdered recently.

The five kidnapped journalists were returning from the NUJ National Executive Council meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, when they were abducted.

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