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  • Updated: April 12, 2024

Rivers: Gunmen abduct Channels TV reporter, demand N30m ransom

Rivers: Gunmen abduct Channels TV reporter, demand N30m rans

Gunmen abducted Joshua Rogers, a Channels Television journalist and reporter, from his home in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State on Thursday night. 

Rogers, who works for his organisation and covers the Rivers State Government House, was reportedly followed after leaving work to return home.

At before 9 p.m., the miscreants approached him as he exited his car, brandished a pistol at him, and took him away with his vehicle to an unknown place.

According to a source who declined to be identified, the reporter previously covered a ceremony in Ndoni, in the state's Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area, when Governor and Siminalayi Fubara commissioned a Primary Healthcare Centre.

The PAMO Educational Foundation, which was formed by former Rivers State Governor Dr Peter Odili, constructed and donated the facility to the state on Thursday.

The source said, “Yes, he was kidnapped last night at his residence in Rumuosi and taken away in his car by some unknown gunmen.

“We are appealing to the kidnappers to release him immediately and unhurt. He is just a journalist doing his job and not a money bag. So I don’t know the purpose of his kidnap.”

It was also reported that the hoodlums had phoned his wife and wanted N30 million as ransom before releasing him.

Attempts to reach the State Police Command spokeswoman, Grace Iringe-Koko, for confirmation were fruitless since she did not answer her calls. 

Iringe-Koko has yet to respond to a text message sent to her as of this publication on Friday morning.

In a related report, Chief Cajetan Nwokike, the former President-General of the Amansea Development Union in Anambra State, was assassinated on Thursday morning by unknown gunmen.

His death came less than two months after assassins killed Umuoji's President-General, Chief Silas Onyima, in his bedroom.

Omife I, the National President of the Association of Past Presidents-General of Anambra State, confirmed Nwokike's death in a message to journalists on Friday.

"The Association of Past Presidents-General of Anambra State (APPAS) has received the shocking news of the brutal death of one of her members, Chief Cajetan Nwokike, former PG Amansea, who was allegedly shot dead by unknown gunmen yesterday morning in his house at Amansea.

“The report said that late Cajetan Nwokike was performing his traditional morning prayer of breaking of kola nut that fateful morning when two young men entered his house and shot him point blank on the head, killing him instantly

“APPAS is gravely worried about Chief Nwokike’s death which is one too many and we are appealing to Governor Soludo and the security agents to leave no stone unturned to unmask the perpetrators of this serial killings.

“We have no doubt that Governor Soludo has the capacity to do this, given his track record in security management so far.

“We will deeply miss Chief Cajetan Nwokike, a man who was full of life and very active in APPAS, whose death has created a big vacuum in our Association.

“We condole with his family and assure them that his killers will not go unpunished. May his soul rest in peace,” the statement read.

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