Journalist Kidnapped from his Residence by Unknown Armed Men

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Matthew Onwuasoanya, Anambra Newspapers and Publishing Corporation
Matthew Onwuasoanya, Anambra Newspapers and Publishing Corporation

Matthew Onwuasoanya, a lawyer and journalist with the Anambra Newspapers and Publishing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light and Sports Light newspapers, was kidnapped by armed men dressed in security outfit at his residence in  Awka, Anambra State, in the early hours of May 30, 2020.

An eyewitness said the unidentified gunmen in security uniform who kidnapped the journalist at 2 am came in a white Hilux truck and a Highlander.

On 8 June, Mr. Oliver Onwuasoanya, Matthew’s brother lodged complaints at the Central Police Station in Awka and also with the Commissioner of Police and later reported to his employers that they have been searching for him after which the station said it commenced actions on the search for the journalist.

The Awba-Ofemili League of Professionals (ALeP) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, to intervene and help find the journalist.

He was released from detention on July 8, 2020, having been held incommunicado for over a month in detention