Media correspondents serving in Imo State, are now living in palpable fear, following the reported kidnap of the head of the reportorial team of News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Miss Chidi Opara, in Owerri.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the armed hoodlums that whisked her away, either trailed her to her home or laid ambush for her.
“Miss Opara was abducted at about 8.30p.m Wednesday night, as she made to enter her house located at MCC/Uratta Road, Owerri”, one of her colleagues told Vanguard.
It was also gathered that Miss Opara was taken away in her Sports Utility Vehicle, which has not been seen at the time of going to press.
Her colleagues in the office recalled that Miss Opara fully participated in all the activities of the state branch of the National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, and even dropped some journalists at their destinations before heading to her residence.
Already, the leadership of the Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Imo State Council, have passionately appealed to her captors to unconditionally release her.
“We have brought Miss Opara’s sordid plight to the attention of state government, through the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, and we will head to the State Police Command Headquarters soon after leaving the Deputy Governor’s Lodge”, the Chapel Chairman, Mr. Athan Agbakwuru said.
It was not very clear if the hoodlums had made contact with any of her relations or friends, but there are growing fears that kidnappers are on prowl again in the state.
Efforts made to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew