Jonathan orders probe into hostage of 14 journalists in Delta State

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered an investigation into the hostage of fourteen journalists in Delta State by some youths on Sunday afternoon.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed this in Asaba while declaring open the NUJ Press Week of the State Council.

He said: “Before we start saying anything, I think I owe it a duty and a responsibility as the Chief Executive of Delta State to apologise to all journalists in Nigeria for the very ugly incident that happened in this state in the last two days in which 14 journalists were unfortunately held hostage. I say the act itself is unfortunate; it is condemnable.

“Let me assure everyone that the Presidency and the President himself has ordered a thorough investigation into the issue. I want to assure you that anyone who is found guilty will be handled adequately by the security agencies.”

Also, Uduaghan has absolved President Jonathan of alleged partisanship and ethnic bias in the handling of the Delta Gas City project at Ogidigben.

Uduaghan said: “I find it very unfortunate and objectionable that the President was being accused of partisanship and asked to resign. If the President has no love for Delta State, he would not have visited Delta State at least twice this year to inaugurate two projects. It shows he loves Delta State.”

The Governor hailed the Delta State NUJ for promoting peace.

He advised journalists to be objective in reporting the 2015 elections.

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