KIDNAPPED: African journalists call for release of Nigerian journalists


USAfrica’s Publisher,  African journalists call for release of kidnapped Nigerian journalists

July 16, 2010: The Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks and, Dr. Chido Nwangwu, has “called on Nigeria’s President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to quickly but carefully ensure the safety and release of these Nigerian journalists to their families. It is good for Nigeria’s democracy and reputation that this be seen and treated as both a domestic security and international profile issue. I believe the issue requires urgent but prudent action by the presidency especially regarding the responsibility of government for public safety. “

Chido, who grew up and worked in the same city of Aba in the 1980s as a very young staff of the Nigerian television and later as a print media journalist in Lagos (Nigeria), added: “It is such a terrible, shameful commentary on the state of things in our beloved but battered Aba, the Abia State and the condition of Nigeria’s law and order that  writers and journalists are kidnapped.  Therefore, the editors and reporters of USAfrica call on those who executed the scheme to kidnap our colleagues in the once great city of Aba, Abia State of Nigeria to release, without further delay, these hard-working journalists. They are Wahaab Oba (Chairman of NUJ Lagos State council), Adolphus Okonkwo (NUJ Secretary Zone G), Sylvester Okereke (NUJ Assistant Secretary Lagos State), Shola Oyeyipo  (NUJ Lagos State Council) and their driver Mr. Azeez Yekini. They have been held since July 11, 2010, while on assignment. Other journalists fled to safety when the attack occurred.”

Chido Nwangwu, recipient of the Washington Dc-based National Immigration Forum’s honors in the 1990s for using the multimedia platforms of USAfrica and media to fight authoritarianism and bigotry in Africa, concluded that: “It is unacceptable that journalists, as articulators and defenders of the freedoms of  communities, cannot go about their legitimate business without fear of losing their own basic freedom to go out and simply report.” and Phone: 1-713-270-5500. wireless: 832-45-CHIDO (24436).

Also, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has said that “We are shocked by this brutal attack against our Nigerian colleagues and deeply worried for their immediate safety.” Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa added: “We demand the authorities do everything they can to ensure they are released quickly and unharmed.”
On its part, the Reporters Sans Frontieres expressed its concern and demanded “the immediate release of these journalists, who were kidnapped at gunpoint after attending a working meeting.” Ambroise Pierre, the Director of the Africa Desk of RSF urged the Nigerian authorities “to do their utmost to establish where they are being held hostage and to negotiate a rapid and favourable outcome with their abductors.”
The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) through its President Omar Faruk Osman said: “We are shocked to learn of this cowardly kidnapping of dedicated union leaders.”
CNN International visits USAfrica in Houston to profile its Founder Chido Nwangwu.
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  2. Mazi Odera says:


    The absolute truth is that Jonathan is more confused than Onovo.As the president ,he is yet to carry out any known project.

    How about our failed NEPA ,will it take him another 16 years to start a massive over hauling ?,come on ,if he wants to do something outside chasing another tenure ,he should have started by giving us light and massively grading our roads.

    Then and only then shall Nigeria smile and proclaim that we now have a President but with his present surugede dance ,he will end up like OBJ and Yara dua who did nothing to provide for the nation.

    Onovo ,in his case is another apology ,if he wanted to end this quagmire on kidnapping ,he should transfer massively all the police men in the east and bring in brand new officers that has never served in the east and that way ,they incoming ones will not know how to get returns from the kidnappers and they will cleanse the land for good.

    What Nigeria need is total re-colonisation or confederated states ,every other thing is just kissing the air.