Gunmen Abduct Channels TV Reporter, Demand N30m

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The Police Command in Rivers has confirmed the abduction of a reporter with Channels Television, Joshua Rogers, at his residence in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor area of Rivers.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, said in Port Harcourt on Friday, April 12, 2024 that the reporter was abducted in the late hours of Thursday.

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She said the Police was collaborating with other security agencies to secure his early release from his abductors.

“The Rivers Police command is aware of Rogers abduction and efforts are already underway to secure his release.

“Although his abductors are yet to make contact, we are working with other security agencies to get him freed,” Iringe-Koko assured.

Rogers, a Channels Government House Correspondent in Rivers, was abducted at about 9 p.m. on Thursday after returning home from covering an event.

The kidnappers later reportedly contacted his wife and demanded N30 million for his release,” the source said.

Rogers had earlier in the day covered the inauguration of a Primary Healthcare Centre by Governor Siminialayi Fubara of Rivers, before his kidnap.

“Rogers was returning to his Rumuosi home from Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers, when he was kidnapped.

“I do not understand why the gunmen targeted a journalist that is just doing his job of informing, educating and entertaining the public.

“Journalists are known not to be wealthy, and so, the kidnappers should release him immediately and unhurt,” a source said.

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