A blogger and publisher of AbaCityblog.com, Mr. Ngozi Blessed Onwukwe, has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
An eyewitness said Onwukwe was abducted by a gang of four men in a Toyota Sienna car on Ikot Ekpene road, Umuahia while he was on his way to cover an event in Arochukwu.
The source said Blessed was wearing a T-shirt with the tag, ‘ABACITYBLOG’ on it as of the time of the incident.
Efforts to reach him through his mobile phone number proved abortive as it was switched off.
His abductors had yet to contact his family or his colleagues in Abia State.
But in a statement made available to Southern City News by the Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria, Abia State branch, it condemned the abduction of Onwukwe and called on security agencies in the state to come to his rescue and secure the release of the kidnapped journalist.
The statement signed by OMPN Secretary, Mr. Emenike Iroegwu, also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the safety of journalists was guaranteed to ensure that democracy and freedom of information would be sustained in the country.
STORY By: Ugochukwu Nwankwo
This Morning, at about 9am, the Editor in Chief of Aba City Blog, Ngozi Onwukwe was kidnapped by unknown Gunmen along Ikot Ekpene road Umuahia.
Ngozi who resides in Aba came into Umuahia on an assignment before this disturbing and worrisome incident.
Apart from being a renowned blogger and a front line member of Online media practitioners, Ngozi is a talented web designer who toils daily through many legitimate means to make ends meet. Our website www .abiapulse. com bears the Signature of Ngozi Onwukwe, he designed It among many others. Why Kidnap the young man?
Why would anyone want to kidnap Ngozi? Fingers are pointing. Tongues are wagging. Who has Ngozi offended?
Is journalism now a crime?
Can Intimidation shield public office holders from the scrutinizing eyes of the public?
Will molestation stop the other ‘Ngozi’s of this world from doing their job?
Are we all going to sit and watch while impunity grows winds, fangs and proboscis?
How many more will they have to kidnap before we take action?
These are questions that should be on the mind of every just and honest Abian. They have started with online media practitioners, tomorrow it could be a regular Journalist, a labour leader, or a social activist.
This cowardly act goes a long way to underscore how desperately wicked people’s mind can be and how far they can go to Gag the mouths of critics.
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