Gunmen Abduct, Release Journalists Covering Enugu Local Government Elections


On February 23, 2022, unknown gunmen attacked the news crew of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) covering the 2022 local government elections in Enugu State and abducted Mr. Fred Nnaji and Mr. Monday Ogbodo.

The ESBS crew was attacked by the gunmen at Obeagu in Enugu South local government area while on their way to Agbani, Nkanu West local government area of the state.

Two of the ESBS reporters, Chiamaka Ezeaputa and Mrs. Chigozie Alex-Nwafor and driver, Ebuka Ogbozor escaped abduction. The driver and Mrs Alex-Nwafor reportedly narrowly missed being killed during the attack.

The ESBS media team comprised of a driver, a cameraman, and three reporters; also with them was a reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The gunmen made away with the station’s utility vehicle and camera as well as the crew’s phone, cash, and other valuables.

The two abducted journalists were however released a few hours later by their abductors and were immediately taken to Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital, Parklane for treatment. Their gadgets were however not returned to them.