THE Nigerian government is negotiating for the release of the South African journalist abducted in Nigeria, the department of international relations and co-operation said, according to a report on

Spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota said contact had been initiated with the hostage-takers through the Nigerian authorities to secure the release of the Supersport sound engineer Nick Greyling.

Greyling was abducted with two Nigerian colleagues, cameraman Alexander Effiong and commentator Bowie Attamah, on Monday.

The incident happened in the Imo province, close to the Owerri airport, when their bus was ambushed.

"The Nigerian authorities are conducting the negotiations," said Kota.

SA envoy monitoring situation

She did not know who abducted Greyling or what their demands were.

"The High Commissioner (of South Africa in Nigeria) Kingsley Mamabolo continues to monitor the situation," said Kota.

Greyling's father-in-law, RSG radio personality Johann Russouw, said the family had no contact at all with Greyling or his hostage-takers.

"All we know is that he is still being held hostage and that he is still alive," said Russouw.

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