IPC Calls For Release Of Kidnapped Female NTA Reporter

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IGP Mohammed Adamu

By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna.

The International Press Centre (IPC), has showed concerns over the increase in the number of incidents of abductions of journalists and media professionals which evident is showed in the kidnap of Mrs. Chinyere Okoye, a female reporter with Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Aba, and called for her immediately release.

It would be recalled that Mrs. Okoye’s abduction is coming barely two weeks after another female On-Air Personality (OAP) with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN),  Pacesetters FM – Umuahia, Ms. Chinenye Iwuoha, was abducted according to
the Sun Newspaper of May 28, 2020.

It was gathered that the hoodlums who appeared to have laid in wait to pick Mrs. Okoye to an unknown destination while she waited for the gate to her residence to be opened; has since contacted the husband to demand for
ransom.

In a statement, signed by Mrs.Stella Nwofia the Programme Manager of the IPC said Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director of IPC, said it was
worrisome that journalists have become endangered species, and emphasized on  the importance of supporting efforts to improve safety of journalists in the country.

The IPC Director said the spate of insecurity in the country should be a big concern to all, adding that  it is unfortunate that journalists and other media professionals are now prime targets.

While calling on the security agencies to intensify efforts to secure the freedom of the abducted journalist, Arogundade stressed that journalists are now endangered more than ever and should therefore be mindful of their personal safety.

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