News ID: 125858
Published: 0845 GMT August 31, 2015

Gunmen kidnap famous Nigerian journalist

Gunmen kidnap famous Nigerian journalist

A senior female journalist in Nigeria's southern oil city Port Harcourt has been abducted by unknown gunmen.

Vanguard newspaper columnist and TV/radio broadcaster, Donu Kogbara, was kidnapped from her home in the Nkpogu area of Port Harcourt, which is the capital of Rivers State, early Sunday morning, police and the daily announced on Monday.

Kogbara also has links with UK media and has worked (in London) for the BBC, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and other news outlets. The motive behind her abduction is unclear.

The Rivers State governor condemned the abduction and expressed strong hope that Kogbara would be released unharmed.

"The kidnap is roundly condemned and we believe that by God's grace, she will come out alive,” said Nyesom Wike in a statement.

Wike said the government was making efforts to ensure every resident in the state enjoyed adequate security.

Police confirmed the abduction and said they were pursuing the matter with all their means.

"We are making serious efforts to rescue her alive," Ahmad Muhammad, police spokesman for Rivers State, told AFP.

Criminal gangs and terrorist groups kidnapping for ransom is said to be common in the region. The Takfiri Boko Haram group is notorious in this regard. 

At least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and 2015, many of whom have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight, the Amnesty International said in April.

The women are imprisoned, and in some cases raped, forcibly married and made to participate in armed attacks, sometimes on their own towns and villages, the report said.

The London-based human rights group has documented multiple cases of crimes against humanity and war crimes against Boko Haram.

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