Gunmen free abducted Vanguard columnist, Donu Kogbara


A columnist with Vanguard Newspapers, Donu Kogbara, who was kidnapped about two weeks ago, has regained her freedom.

Donu Kogbara was kidnapped on August 30th at her Nkpogu residence in a CRV jeep.

An outcry followed her abduction with local and foreign media calling for her release, just as the Rivers State government and the Police authorities assured she will regain her freedom.

Ms. Kogbara was set free Midnight, after spending 13 days in captivity.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Muhammad, said in Port Harcourt that Ms. Kogbara was freed in the early hours of Saturday.

He said the state commissioner of police, Musa Kimo, had already visited Ms. Kogbara in her family residence in Port Harcourt.

Muhammad said Ms. Kogbara was in good condition and had reunited with her family.

The police spokesman, however, did not say if any ransom was paid before she was released or if any arrest was made.

A few days ago, the Nigerian Guild of Editors joined the clamour for her release, saying, those holding Donu should remember that they have mothers, sisters, wives and daughters whom they cherish and protect intensely.”

In a statement, by Garba Muhammad, its president, the NGE urged security agencies to put in place measures that would guarantee the safety and security of Nigerians, especially those exposed to higher risks such as journalists.

“As a columnist, Donu has always stood for the truth, the poor and the downtrodden in her approach to national and local issues. It is therefore a big disservice to her that she should be subjected to the traumatic experience of being a victim of kidnapping.

“We implore her abductors to be humane and to release her unconditionally to continue with her crusade for a better country for all Nigerians.”

“To the family of Donu, we want you to know that we feel your pain at this very trying period and we shall continue to work and pray for the safe return of our dear colleague,” the NGE stated.

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