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Journalist's kidnappers demand 10 million Naira in Nigeria

Security/Nigeria - The gunmen who abducted a radio journalist in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt Thursday have demanded a 10-million-Naira (US$60,291) ransom, the local media reported, quoting the journalists employers.


Mr. Anthony Akatakpo, also known as Akas Baba, a presenter with Wazobia FM in the city, was kidnapped from his home early Thursday.

Steam and Globe Broadcasting and Communications Limited, which owns the station and others, said the journalist was assaulted and shot on the leg before his abductors whisked him away in his car.

“The family and management of Wazobia FM have reported the kidnap to the police as well as other security agencies. We are optimistic that the police alongside other security agencies will do a thorough job of securing the release of Akas Baba,' the company said.

Akatakpo hosts “Make Una Wake Up”, a popular weekday breakfast show.

Kidnapping for ransom is rampant in Nigeria, but abducted persons are usually freed unharmed, after ransom payment.

Pana 16/03/2014