Gunmen abduct NTA reporter on her way home in Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the abduction of a reporter attached to the
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Port Harcourt, Mrs Chidiebele Julian Nweke Onyia
NSL Learnt the mother of three was kidnapped by four men in traffic around Woji railway crossing in
Port Harcourt, around 8 pm on Tuesday, February 9, on her way home from work with a colleague.
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SP Nnamdi Omoni, the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, said the command had deployed
personnel to locate and rescue Onyia from her abductors.
Omoni said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, AIG Joseph Mukan, had ordered the command’s
tactical units to ensure the victim’s safe release.
Eyewitness said the gunmen fired several gunshots into the air, forcing motorists and bystanders to scamper
One of Onyia’s colleagues, who alighted from the car before the incident, wondered what the female journalist
could have done to warrant her abduction.
The colleague said: “I was in the vehicle before the incident. Onyia drove me to my destination and continued
to drop others.
“I was shocked to hear that gunmen double-crossed her and took her away whilst abandoning the vehicle
and other occupants.
“She is a mother of three young children, and as such, we are begging her abductors to release her
unconditionally,” she said in confidence.