Kidnapped Abia journalist regains freedom

Posted by Agwu Okojogho, Umuahia | 21 November 2014 | 3,540 times

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The abducted Umuahia, Abia State Correspondent, of The Nation newspapers, Mr. Ugochukwu Ugoji Eke, has been released.

Information reaching News Express indicates that Mr. Eke was released last night at about 9:30 p.m. after four days in captivity, and has since rejoined his family.

The journalist was abducted last Sunday around 7:30 p.m. in front of his residence in the Ovom area of Aba. It was gathered that his abductors had laid ambush for him and wasted no time in dragging him out of his vehicle when he stopped in front of his gate.

Abia journalsits who were thrown into confusion and anguish following the abduction of their colleague had yesterday sought divine intervention for the unconditional release of Mr. Eke by holding a praying and fasting session that lasted for hours at the NUJ Press Centre, Umuahia. Concerned by the abduction, the Zonal Vice President of NUJ, South East, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, had raced to Umuahia from his Enugu base yesterday to acertain efforts being made to secure the unconditional release of Mr. Eke.

Abia NUJ Council Chairman, Comrade John Emejor, in a telephone interview, glorified God for being faithful and answering the prayers of journalists in the state. He commended all members for their participation in the prayer session and solidarity. Also, Chairman of Correspondents Chapel, Comrade Emma Ugwu, descibed Mr. Eke’s freedom as the result of divine intervention.

Immediate past Chairman of Abia NUJ, Comrade Hyacinth Okoli, said that the release of Mr. Eke has lifted a very big burden off the Council, adding that the Council can now march ahead.

•Photo shows Ugochukwu Ugoji Eke.

Source: News Express

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