NTA reporter abducted in Rivers

NTA reporter Chidiebere Onyia

A Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) reporter has been abducted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

Chidiebere Onyia had only recently resumed work after giving birth four months ago.

It was gathered that she was abducted by four men in traffic at Woji railway crossing in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area on her way from work around 8pm on Tuesday.

The assailants left behind her vehicle, a Honda CrossTour SUV, which she was driving before being taken hostage.

They, however, dispossessed the journalist’s colleague of her handbag and phones before letting her go.

“We were halted by traffic jam at Woji railway crossing when an armed man approached our car and asked Chidiebere to wind down,” the eyewitness told the news media.

“When she winded down, he showed her the gun and asked her to quietly move to the side and park, out of fear, she struggled and parked.

“It was at that point that about three other men emerged from God knows where and asked her to come down the vehicle and follow them.

“They marched her to their SUV car also parked by the corner. While that was happening, one of the men asked me to surrender my bag and phones, I did and they drove off with her.”

Rivers police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said the police were making effort to rescue Mrs Onyia.

This comes days after a PUNCH reporter regained freedom following his abduction in Abuja.