UMUAHIA – The correspondent of The Nation newspaper in Aba, Abia State, Mr. Ugochukwu Ugorji has been kidnapped by gunmen.
Ugorji was kidnapped Sunday night at his Aba residence at about 7:30 p.m. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of N20million to release him.
The Abia State government has promised to ensure his early release from his abductors.
Briefing newsmen at the Government House on the matter, the Commissioner for Petroleum and alternate Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Don Ubani wondered why Mr.Ugorji-Eke will be the target of the kidnapping being merely a journalist who does not constitute a threat to anyone and of the middle class.
He disclosed that the state government has risen to the occasion and made necessary contacts with the various security agencies in the state with a view to securing his release and expressed optimism that he will soon regain his freedom.
Ubani said government has contacted Ugochukwu’s family.
The Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, revealed that the kidnappers dragged the journalist out of his car by 7:30 p.m. last night at his residence at Aba and are demanding N20m ransom for his release. (The Nation)