Gunmen Abduct Journalists Covering Enugu Local Council Elections
The news crew of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS, who were covering the 2022 local government elections were attacked by gunmen on Wednesday but later released.
It was learnt that the media team comprised a driver, cameraman, and three reporters. Also with them was a reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
Two of the ESBS reporters, Chiamaka Ezeaputa and Chigozie Alex-Nwafor and driver, Ebuka Ogbozor however escaped the abduction, according to NAN.
The driver and one of the reporters, Mrs Alex-Nwafor were said to have narrowly missed being killed.
They were attacked at Obeagu in Enugu South local government area on their way to Agbani, Nkanu-West local government area.
According to them, the whereabouts of two other team members of the station, Mr. Fred Nnaji and Mr. Monday Ogbodo were unknown even as their phone lines were switched off.
The NAN reporter who was with them equally escaped safely.
The report revealed that the gunmen made away with the station’s utility vehicle and camera as well as the crew’s phone, cash, and other valuables.
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mr Sam Udekwe confirmed that the two abducted journalists were later released but were rushed to hospital.
He condemned the attack, stating that journalists worked for society and were most times prone to danger.