The Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Kaduna State Council has denounced the kidnapping of its members in the region.

The council’s chairman, Asma’u Halilu, and secretary, Gambo Sanga, released a statement in Kaduna on Sunday that included the condemnation.

The News Digest earlier reported that some bandits on Saturday night invaded the Dahjonu community in Millennium City of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted two journalists.

Around 10:30 p.m., the bandits abducted Abdulgafar Alabelewe of The Nation and AbdulRaheem Abdu of Blueprint newspaper, along with their spouses and kids.

Alabelewe is also the current chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Kaduna State Council Correspondents’ Chapel.

The NUJ called for the state’s security agencies to free the hostages from the kidnappers’ den, describing the kidnapping of its members and their families as regrettable.

The statement reads, “NUJ has received with shock, the brazen and barbaric attack by suspected kidnappers.

‘The attack resulted in the abduction of the Kaduna State Correspondents of The Nation Newspaper and the Blue Newspaper, alongside their families last night at their residences in Danhono area, a Kaduna suburb, in Chikun LGA.

“We strongly condemn the ugly incident and appeal to the security agencies in the state to swing into action with a view to rescuing the journalists and their families from the kidnappers’ den.”

The council also urged the federal and state governments to take the security of lives and property of the citizens as a priority and asked journalists in the state to be vigilant in their daily activities.

It added, “We implore the government at all levels to intensify efforts towards guaranteeing the security of lives and property of the citizens at all times.

‘The ugly phenomenon of kidnapping in Kaduna and its environs is now resurfacing and must be checked to avert the experiences of the recent past.

“The Kaduna State Council of NUJ, however, enjoined all practising journalists in the state to be vigilant in their daily activities while also praying for the safe return of their abducted colleagues and their families.”