Kidnapped FRCN Staff Regains Freedom

The kidnapped female journalist with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; Pacesetter FM Umuahia in Abia state, Chinenye Iwuoha, has regained her freedom after 48 hours in the hands of her abductors.

Ms Iwuoha, was abducted on Umuahia-Ururuka-Aba Road near Amakama Housing Estate by unknown gunmen on Monday night as she left the broadcasting house located at National Cereals Research Institute, Amakama in company with her colleagues.

Her abductors later demanded for N20m ransom before her release. They later reduced it to N200,000. The Station Manager of the Pacesetter FM Umuahia, Uche Ndukwu confirmed her release on Thursday, pointing out that she was released unhurt.

It was learnt that she was released unconditionally at about 9pm on Wednesday by her captors along the Umuosu axis of the Umuahia-Ururuka-Aba as police mounted intense pressure on them

The Commissioner of Police, in the state, Janet Agbede, who also confirmed her release said the kidnappers could not withstand the heavy pressure mounted by the police, hence her unconditional release.

In her reaction, the chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Abia State chapter, Mrs Beatrice Okezie-Odoemelam thanked God for her release; even as she called for better security arrangement for journalists, who she said are exposed to various hazards daily in the course of their duties.

(Independent)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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