Abducted NTA reporter regains freedom

NTA reporter Chidiebere Onyia

A journalist with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) who was abducted last Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by gunmen has regained her freedom.

Chidiebere Onyia, a nursing mother, was released by her abductors in the early hours of Sunday.

Rivers police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed Mrs Onyia’s release in a statement, described her release as a Valentine gift to her family.

“The Rivers Police Command is pleased to announce the unconditional release of Chidiebere Onyia, a reporter with NTA Port Harcourt, who was kidnapped last week (Tuesday),” he said.

“Her release was made possible due to the intense pressure mounted by the command as directed by the authority.

“Her abductors on seeing the red flag and oblivious of the fact that we were closing in on them, however, bowed to the seeming pressure and abandoned her, from where she was sighted and rescued.

“She is currently receiving medical attention and will be debriefed and released to reunite with her waiting family.”