Journalist, Prince Monday Whiskey Kidnapped

Prince Monday Whiskey, a journalist and former staff of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), has been abducted by suspected kidnappers in Warri, Delta state.

Investigations proved that Prince Monday Whiskey was on Monday trailed to his compound at Orhuwhorun town in Udu Local Government Area by the suspected kidnappers while he was driving a Toyota Sienna car. He was allegedly whisked away to yet unknown destination in another car.

According to his daughter, Edna Whiskey, “Daddy drove inside the compound at about 7.30pm and Mummy asked me that I should go and open the door. As I went down, I saw some men pushing Daddy into their car, I shouted and one of the men shouted back that he has issues with vigilante. I withdrew and neighbours told me to go and tell my mummy, but they drove away with him.”

Corroborating her daughters story, Mrs. Flaura Whiskey said, “At about 7.30 pm, daddy drove in, my daughter who went to open the door ran back that some men took daddy and I ran down staircase, I fell on the staircase, before I could reach outside, they were gone. I called the brother, he came and both of us chased after them but we could not see them. We have reported the case at Ovwian Police Station”.

“I appeal to government and security agencies to help find my husband. I pray that he should not be harmed, I appeal that he should be released, they have not called us since they took him and his mobile phones have been switched off.”

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Warri branch, had in a press statement, jointly signed by its chairman and secretary, Mr. Michael Ikeogwu and Akpokona Omafuaire, complained that “If a journalist can be kidnapped, it means that nobody is safe.

“We condemn the lacklustre and lackadaisical attitude of security operatives towards securing lives and property. We, therefore urged, them to strengthen their intelligence gathering mechanism in order to be more proactive. We also appeal to the kidnappers to release our member unharmed unconditionally.”

Meanwhile, Police a source has confirmed the incident, adding that they were on top of the situation.

Recall that the Police in Delta State, also on Monday, stormed the hideout of a kidnap gang at Ogunu, Warri and rescued a woman and her three children, who were seized by gunmen while a member of the gang, Collins Egbeyon, was subsequently arrested after others fled.

Incidents of kidnap have become widespread in Delta state, leading to fear of total insecurity of lives and property as well as affecting the economic fortunes of the state since prospective investors, especially foreign expatriates and wealthy Deltans have become common targets.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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