Gunmen kidnap journalist in Delta State
Prince Monday Whiskey, a journalist, was kidnapped at his Udu Local Government Area residence in Delta State on Monday, reports said.
According to reports, gunmen had followed the journalist and former staff of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, to his home where he was then forced out of his vehicle at gunpoint and abducted in a red sedan car.
The kidnapping was witnessed by his daughter, Edna Whiskey, who told reporters that her father had driven “inside the compound at about 7:30 p.m.” She had gone to open up the door for her Mr Whiskey when she saw “some men pushing Daddy into their car.”
Edna says she called out for help and heard one of the men say her father “has issues with vigilante”.
“I drew back and neighbours told me to go and tell my mummy, but they drove away with him,” she said.
His wife, Mrs Flaura Whiskey, said she had called out to her son and together they chased after the fleeing vehicle, but had no luck sighting them.
“We have reported the case at Ovwian Police station,” Mrs Whiskey said.
“I appeal to government and security agencies to help find my husband. I pray that he should not be harmed, I appeal that he should be released, they have not called us since they took him and his mobile phones have been switched off.”
The Warri chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in a press statement condemned the abduction of the journalist and decried the failing state of security in the nation.
“If a journalist can be kidnapped, it means nobody is safe,” the NUJ said in the statement signed by the Warri chapter chairman and secretary, Mr Michael Ikeogwu and Akpokona.
“We condemn the lackluster and lackadaisical attitude of security operatives towards securing lives and property. We, therefore urged, them to strengthen their intelligence gathering mechanism in order to be more proactive
“We also appeal to the kidnappers to release our member unharmed unconditionally.” the union added.