Abducted radio boss regains freedom in Calabar


A former commissioner for information in Cross River, Patrick Ugbe, who was kidnapped in Calabar on Thursday, has regained freedom.

Mr. Ugbe, who is now the chief executive officer of Hit FM 95.9, was kidnapped by gunmen at Ekpo Iso Street in Ikot Ansa, Calabar.

Irene Ugbo, police spokesperson in the state, confirmed his release in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Calabar on Saturday.

“As we speak, the CEO of Hit FM has been released and he is right now with his family.

“No ransom was paid, the combined efforts of security agencies in the state and the office of the State Security Adviser were on top of the matter to secure his release.

“We thank God that he was released alive without any harm.

“The police, in collaboration with other sister agencies in the state, would continue to work together to safe guard the lives and property of the citizens,’’ she said.

Mr. Ugbe also served as chief press secretary and commissioner for youth and sports in the eight-year tenure of Liyel Imoke as Governor of the state. (NAN)

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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