Kidnapped man safely back in South Africa
Nick Greyling, the Supersport sound engineer who was kidnapped in Nigeria, arrived safely in South Africa on Wednesday morning, the family spokesperson said.
“He landed from Lagos this morning,” said Johan Russouw.
“He is very, very tired; he is exhausted, but under the circumstances, he is doing very well.”
Russouw, who is Greyling’s father-in-law, said the family was very grateful to those who helped secure his release after the abduction last Monday.
Greyling and his wife would spend a quiet day together.
“The first thing they are going to do now is have breakfast together,” said Russouw. “His youngest daughter is sitting on her dad’s lap.”
Greyling and his wife have three daughters, aged seven, four and one-and-a-half.
“To say that they are happy to see each other will be an under-statement.”
Russouw said SuperSport was expected to release a media statement later on Wednesday but no plans had been made for Greyling to address the media.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Tuesday it was up to Greyling if he wanted to talk about the ordeal.
Spokesperson Nomfanelo Kota declined to comment on reports by the international news agency Agence-France Presse (AFP) out of Lagos that a ransom of $100 000 ransom was paid to secure his release.
Russouw said: “As far as I know, no ransom was paid.
His release was secured through co-operation between the governments of Nigeria and South Africa and with the help of a negotiating party.”
Greyling was released on Monday night. He had been taken hostage with two of his Nigerian SuperSport colleagues—cameraman Alexander Effiong and commentator Bowie Attamah—when their bus was attacked in the Imo province, near the Oweri airport.
Effiong escaped soon after the attack and Attamah was released on Friday.—Sapa