Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nigeria: NTA Journalist Kidnapped, Motive Elusive

According to The Global Times, Olubunmi Oke, a female reporter and newscaster with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and a nursing mother, was kidnapped by four unidentified men as she was leaving her office on Thursday.

The abduction occurred as Ms. Oke was leaving her office in Akure, the capital of the southwestern Ondo state.  Although her baby and maid were with her at the time, fortunately neither one of them was taken. Oke's car was later found abandoned.

COMMENT:  The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is urging that Oke be returned to her family, but rarely are such pleas heeded by criminals. 

Although kidnappings are fairly common in the oil-rich Delta with foreigners being the primary target, it is rare for even Islamist groups such as Boko Haram or Ansaru to target journalists because they invariably report on both groups' activities, which is a plus for propaganda purposes.

One would hope that media organizations such as NTA or the NUJ are soon advised as to what the motive was for Oke's abduction.