A CAMERAMAN who was among three members of a SA television crew abducted in Nigeria has fled to safety and is now in Lagos, an official from the M-Net channel told reporters, according to a report on iol.co.za.

Alexander Effiong, a Nigerian cameraman, "fled from his abductors and has now arrived in Lagos", M-Net SuperSport general manager in Nigeria, Felix Awogu, said in a telephone interview.

"The young man took a big risk. He ran away from them and he is now back to us in Lagos," he said, declining to give details of his escape.

Awogu expressed optimism that the remaining two captives – South African television production engineer Nick Greyling and Nigerian sports commentator Bowie Attamah – would soon be released.

"I am very positive about their imminent release. I am sure that very soon, they will be set free. The acting president of Nigeria, the Imo state police command and ministers are involved in attempts to secure their release," he said.

He said he had spoken with the two captives still being held and that they are "fine".

"We are also in talks with the abductors," he said, insisting that payment of a ransom for their release was not yet being discussed.

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