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Police affirm kidnap of NTA reporter in Port Harcourt.

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The statement noted that the incessant attacks on journalists in recent times are becoming worrisome and therefore unacceptable.

Gunmen have abducted a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA) ,Port Harcourt, Zonal Office, Chidiebere Onyia, in Rivers State.

Onyia, a nursing mother, was allegedly kidnapped at a gunpoint around 8 pm on Tuesday along the railway line, Woji in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the state on her way home after work.

It was gathered that a gunman had ordered her to wind down at the traffic and when she did, he ordered her to drive to the corner and park.

According to an eyewitness, the hoodlum while displaying his gun followed her and also directed her to step out of her vehicle and move to a waiting Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

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Narrating the ordeal, the victim’s colleague who was in the car with her said, “We were trapped at the traffic at Woji railway when an armed man came to the car and ordered Onyia to wind down. When she did, he brought out a gun and asked her to quietly move to a corner and park.”

“At that point, three other men with gun emerged and asked her to step out from her vehicle and follow them to their waiting SUV, as she fearfully followed them, one of the men came back to our car and collected our hand bags, phones and other valuables and they drove off to unknown destination.”

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The State Police Public Relation’s Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, has confirmed the incident, assuring that the police is working tirelessly to ensure that the victim is released timely and unhurt.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, has called for the immediate release of Onyia.

In a statement jointly signed by the state Chairman, Stanley Job Stanley and Secretary, Ike Wigodo, the NUJ condemned the alleged kidnap, describing it as inhuman and heinous, especially against a journalist and a nursing mother.

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The statement noted that the incessant attacks on journalists in recent times are becoming worrisome and therefore unacceptable.

According to the statement, “it is worrisome and regrettable that journalists are now victims of abduction and held for whatever reason. A fundamental prerequisite for a free media is that journalists should be allowed to move freely in their efforts to serve the public through gathering and dissemination of information.

“But what we are witnessing in the country today gives us serious concern. Less than two weeks ago, a reporter with The Punch, Okechukwu Nnodim, was abducted in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by some criminal elements, only to be released a few days ago. Also recently, the Business Manager of Silverbird, Segun Owolabi, escaped assassination attempt in Port Harcourt after close of work. And now, another journalist, Onyia, was kidnapped in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. This is unacceptable” the statement stated.

“While condemning this heinous act in strong terms, we urge the security agencies to secure the unconditional release of Onyia to enable her continue her professional services to the country”.

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The Union however charged the security agencies to ensure the arrest of the kidnappers and bring them to book to serve as a deterrent to other criminally minded people.

The Union further demanded that immediate steps be taken by the Rivers State Government and security agencies to arrest this ugly development so as to enable journalists fulfill their constitutional mandate unhindered.

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Why will you spend $500m on NTA that doesn’t worth $50m? – Reno omokri blast FG.

…query Senate for approving Buhari’s $22.8b loan


Reno Omokri has once again queried the motive behind plans to invest $500m on the National Television Authority (NTA).

Recall that on Thursday, Reno queried the Senate over its approval of President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for $22.7b.


Reacting once again, the popular critic of the President queried why the same amount is budgeted for education and NTA.

He went on to query how $500m is being budgeted for an institution that is not worth $50m.


See His Tweet Below:

Of the $22.7 billion loan approved for General @MBuhari by the @NGRSenate, $500 million is for @NTANewsNow while education gets $500 million. How can you spend $500 million on NTA that isn’ worth $50 million, and only $500 million educating 110 million youths? #BuhariTormentor

— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) March 6, 2020


#Newsworthy ..

$500m: NTA will compete with CNN


Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, says the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) will compete with the likes of Cable News Network (CNN) if the $500 million loan his ministry is seeking gets approved.


According to The Guardian, the minister made the statement when he appeared before the senate committee on local and foreign loans.

The $500 million is part of the $30 billion loan President Muhammadu Buhari is asking the national assembly to approve.


Mohammed said NTA can only achieve this feat when it is digitised, and that there is already manpower in place.

“If this project is approved, there will be more visibility for our people in the music, fashion and film industries,” he said.


“In 2014, we made $23 million from music alone and about $53 million in 2019 and we are looking forward to making $83 million in 2025.

“You can imagine the kind of growth we will have if only we digitise all the NTA stations in the country.”


The minister also said the creative industry is a major employer of the youth.

“Apart from agriculture, which is the largest employer of labour in Nigeria, especially the youths, the next largest employer of labour is the creative industry,” he said.

“The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2006 gave June 17, 2015, as the deadline for all members of the organisation to migrate from analogue to digital.

“Regrettably, we were unable to meet the deadline along-side most countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the deadline was moved to 2017, which was not reliable and today the target is June 17, 2020.”


#Newsworthy…