Channels TV Reporter Kidnapped, Released

Mr. Joshua Rogers, Channels Television Reporter

On April 11, 2024, at about 9 PM local time, unidentified gunmen kidnapped Mr. Joshua Rogers, a reporter with Channels Television at his residence in Rumuosi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State after he returned home from work.

Mr. Rogers, who covers the Rivers State Government House for his organisation, was reportedly trailed after he closed from work to his residence.

Reports indicate that he was approached by the unidentified gunmen who then forced him out of his vehicle at gunpoint and subsequently whisked him away along with his car and took him to an unknown location.

Mr. Rogers had reportedly earlier covered an event in Ndoni in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State where Governor Siminalayi Fubara, inaugurated a Primary Healthcare Centre.

The kidnappers later contacted his wife and demanded for N30 million ransom to release him.

Mr. Rogers was however released around 10 PM on April 12, 2024.

One of his colleagues, Mr. Charles Oporum who confirmed his release said he had reunited with his family. The management of Channels Television also confirmed the development through a short statement.