Kidnapped NTA Reporter Julian Onyia Regains Freedom
Chidiebele Julian Onyia, the kidnapped reporter with NTA Port Harcourt, has regained her freedom after spending five days in captivity.
The nursing mother was said to have been released by her abductors in the early hours of Sunday, February 14.
Rivers State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed her release, describing it as a Valentine gift to her family.
Omoni said the freed journalist has undergone medical examination.
“The Rivers State Police Command is pleased to announce the unconditional release of Chidiebere Onyia, a reporter with NTA Port Harcourt who was kidnapped last week.
“The rescue 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 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,” Rivers Police Spokesman, SP Nnamdi Omoni said.
Julian Onyia, a mum of three and nursing a six-month-old baby was kidnapped at gunpoint at about 8 pm on Tuesday, February 9.
The abduction happened at Railway line Axis of Woji, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State.
She was on her way home from work.