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The abducted reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Chidiebere Onyia, has regained her freedom.
The reporter was kidnapped by gunmen in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday while driving home from work.
Following the news of the incident, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and the Coalition For Women In Journalism (CFWIJ), had called for her immediate release.
Nnamdi Omoni, Rivers State police command spokesman, confirmed Onyia’s release in a statement on Sunday, saying that she was released by her abductors in the early hours of Sunday, was currently receiving medical attention.
Said Omoni: “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). 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.”
The spokesman said at the time of her abduction, the command had assured her family, the NUJ, and civil society organisations of her safe release.
“The command remains resolute in providing the enabling environment for all to realise their full potential in the state,” he added.