A reporter with the NTA in Akure, Mrs Olubunmi Oke, who was abducted on Thursday had been released, the Ondo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said in a statement.

The statement signed by the Chairman of the council, Mr Akinfolayan Owanikin,said that Oke was released late on Saturday and that she had reunited with her family.

“The NUJ wishes to thank all those who played one role or the other in securing her release from the den of kidnappers.

“We commend the spirited efforts made by the family and we pray that nothing of such will take place in the family and our union again.

“We also use this medium to call on government and security agencies to step up protection of Nigerians against criminals,” the council stated.