Nigeria: Journalist Kidnapped

Unknown persons on December 2, 2016, kidnapped radio journalist Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye, at her home in Makurdi, Benue State, central Nigeria.

According to news reports it is not clear what the motive of the kidnapping of the journalist. While some reports say it might be in connection with her work as a journalist, many suspect it had nothing to do with her profession. Several news reports say, Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye is married to Achim Tor-Agbidye, a Zonal Manager of First City Monument Bank (FCMB). It is therefore believed that the kidnap is a purely criminal act aimed at taking a ransom money from the journalist’s husband.

The Commissioner of Police of Benue State, Bashir Makama, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) were investigating the kidnapping and appealed to the public to volunteer information that would lead to their arrests.

“We have already visited the site; we are constructing our narrative with the purpose of narrowing down possible suspects before effecting arrests,” Makana told newsmen.

The MFWA is worried about the situation and urges the Nigeria Police Force to ensure that Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye is found.

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