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IPC calls for release of kidnapped female NTA reporter

by Juliana Katung, Kaduna

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

It could 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, who is program manager of the IPC, it quoted executive director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, as saying “It is 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 asserted that, “The spate of insecurity in the country should be a big concern to all. It is unfortunate that journalists and other media professionals are now prime targets.”

While calling on 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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