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  • News - South South - Rivers
  • Updated: April 13, 2024

NUJ seeks immediate release of abducted Channels TV reporter

NUJ seeks immediate release of abducted Channels TV reporter

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urgently demanded the release of Joshua Rogers, a reporter for Channels TV, who was kidnapped from his home in Rumuosi, Port-Harcourt.

NUJ President Chris Iziguzo voiced this plea during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday. Rogers was taken by gunmen around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday upon his return from an assignment at the Government House. 

The assailants seized him and forcibly transported him away in a vehicle marked with the Channels Television logo.

“Following the abduction, the abductors contacted his wife, demanding a ransom of N30 million for his release.

“The NUJ is deeply concerned about the escalating insecurity faced by journalists and media practitioners in the country.

“It is distressing that individuals involved in the vital work of informing the public have become targets of criminal activities.

“The NUJ hereby appeals to the Government of Rivers and relevant security agencies to prioritise efforts towards securing the safe and immediate release of Rogers,” he said.

The NUJ president emphasised the need to ensure journalists’ well-being and safety during this critical time.

Isiguzo underscored the gravity of the situation and stressed the need for concerted action to address the rising threats against journalists across Nigeria.

“We urge for swift and effective measures to be taken to secure Rogers’ freedom and bring an end to this distressing ordeal.

“The NUJ stands in solidarity with Rogers, his family, Channels TV and we demand immediate action to secure his safe return,” Isiguzo said.

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