NUJ FCT Condemns Abduction of Punch Reporter, Calls For His Immediate Release

By Francis Etuko

Abuja (Precise Post) – The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has condemned the abduction of Okechukwu Nnodim, a correspondent with the Punch Newspapers, calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Nnodim was allegedly kidnapped by four gunmen in his Abuja home who gained access to his residence by scaling his fence after firing several gunshots in the air.

The call was made on Friday in a statement, jointly signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, and secretary respectively made available to Precise Post in Abuja.

The Union condemned the heinous act in totality and called for the unconditional release of Nnodim for him to be reunited with his family and colleagues.

According to the statement, “It is unacceptable that a is and held for whatever reason. A fundamental pre-requisite for a free media is that journalists be allowed to move freely in their efforts to gather and transmit .

“While condemning this heinous act in strong terms, we urge the to release the immediately, and charge the to do all they can to ensure that Nnodim and all those held by and are rescued while the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“It is time journalists stop being endangered species for doing their constitutional duties. It is unfortunate that other forms of harassment against the press are becoming frequent.

“It is worrying that journalists have been assaulted while covering events and several others have reported receiving threats over their work.

“As a council, we demand that immediate steps be taken to arrest this ugly development so that journalists can fulfill their constitutional mandate unhindered.”

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