Three reporters seized in Nigeria: police

A South African sports journalist and two Nigerian colleagues have been kidnapped in Nigeria’s restive oil-producing Niger Delta, South African media and a Nigerian police source said on Tuesday.

The South African reports said the three, from the SuperSport satellite channel, were kidnapped near Warri, an oil industry hub, as they headed for the airport on Monday.

But a police source in Nigeria said they were taken in Imo state, whose main city is Owerri, on the edge of the Niger Delta.

“The information we have is that the incident happened in Imo state. We are still investigating,” the police source said, asking not to be named.

Foreigners, usually working for oil firms, frequently have been kidnapped for ransom in the Niger Delta. Wealthy Nigerians also are targets for the kidnappers.

Thousands of gunmen put down their weapons last year as part of a presidential amnesty aimed at oil militants, but critics say common criminals were among those pardoned and that crime will rise as former rebels seek other sources of income.



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