Saturday, 3 March 2018

Gunmen abduct blogger in Abia

Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
A blogger and publisher of, Mr. Ngozi Blessed Onwukwe, has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
An eyewitness said Onwukwe was abducted by a gang of four men in a Toyota Sienna car on Ikot Ekpene road, Umuahia while he was on his way to cover an event in Arochukwu.
The source said the victim was standing by the roadside and waiting to board a taxi when the car blocked him before two heavily built young men alighted and dragged him into the vehicle.
The source said Blessed was wearing a T-shirt with the tag, 'ABACITYBLOG' on it as of the time of the incident.
Efforts to reach him through his mobile phone number proved abortive as it was switched off.
His abductors had yet to contact his family or his colleagues in Abia State.
But in a statement made available to Southern City News by the Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, Abia State branch, it condemned the abduction of Onwukwe and called on security agencies in the state to come to his rescue and secure the release of the kidnapped journalist.
The statement signed by OMPN Secretary, Mr. Emenike Iroegwu, also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the safety of journalists was guaranteed to ensure that democracy and freedom of information would be sustained in the country.
Recall that the blogger had on the 24th of February published that the 52 million naira which was meant for the South East Entrepreneurship Development Center (SEEDC) contract job and renovation of Women Development Center has been swallowed by a mysterious fish in Abia state.
In his report Mr. Blessed also said, the SEEDC N52m Contract Fraud Case has become a wild fire in Abia, burning without control.
What TDN is yet to unravel is if his abduction is connected with the above publication.

  Source: Punch