Kidnapped Channels Television reporter regains freedom

The abducted Channels Television reporter, Joshua Rogers has regained freedom about 24 hours after he was on Thursday seized by the kidnappers from his home in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Penpushing reports that Rogers was set free unharmed at about 10 p.m. on Friday, while it is recalled that he was abducted on Thursday at about 9:00 p.m. shortly after he returned from an official assignment at the Government House.

The gunmen intercepted him and forcefully took him away in a Channels Television-branded vehicle, while his (Rogers) colleague, Charles Oporum, confirmed the news of his release in the late hours of Friday, adding that he has since reunited with his family

Penpushing further reports that the management of the television station equally confirmed Rogers’ release in a brief statement, and thanked the station’s viewers and all those who expressed concern over the unfortunate incident

“Channels Television reporter, Joshua Rogers, who was abducted last night in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been freed. We thank our viewers and all those who expressed concern over the unfortunate incident’, the statement reads

Penpushing also reports that as at the time of his release, Rogers was sighted in a video celebrating with his family, but it remains unclear whether he was rescued by security forces or if ransom was paid for his release.

The abductors were reported to have contacted his wife, demanding a ransom of N30 million for his release, while both the police and the State Security Service (SSS) launched rescue efforts during his abduction.

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