A Journalist working with Channels Television has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria.
The journalist identified as Tope Kutiyi was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, Kutiyi, was jolted from his sleep by the rampaging hoodlums, after they successfully scaled through the perimeter fence of his residence in Federal Housing Estate, Umuguma, and whisked him away to an unknown destination by his captors.
His wife was not at home when the kidnappers struck.
No group or person has claimed responsibility for the kidnap, as the abductors are yet to contact Kutiyi’s family.
Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, has appealed to the kidnapers to release the journalist unconditionally and unharmed.
He described the incident as “regrettable, uncharitable, unchristian and anachronistic”.
Sam Onwuemeodo, the Chief Press Secretary to Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha said, “the young man is only a reporter who cannot be said to have been kidnapped because of money”, adding that only those behind the act know why they decided to inconvenience the reporter and his family. “Those holding the reporter should please release him to reunite with his family.
A reporter cannot afford to pay any ransom.”