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PUNCH journalist kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Abuja

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A journalist with The PUNCH Newspapers,Mr. Okechukwu Nnodim, has been kidnapped in Kubwa; Abuja on Wednesday night.

Nnodim was said to have been kidnapped around 11 pm by four gunmen who scaled the fence of his house, according to a report by THISDAY newspaper

The kidnappers who are believed to be Fulani, fired several gunshots after which they broke into the living room through the windows.

He was said to have finished praying with his family and was about going to bed when the incident occurred.

It was gathered that after the kidnappers gained access to his apartment, and was asked where he kept the money.

It was further gathered that the kidnappers made their way to the second apartment where two other young guys were also kidnapped.

“They were planning to enter the third apartment, but someone outside beamed the full light of his car on the clustered house and consistently pressed the horn, while a Naval officer who lives three blocks away shot in the air and the kidnappers left in a hurry.”

According to reports, the kidnappers have not made contact with the family or his office.

Meanwhile, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command yesterday, reportedly launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

A source at the command said it was making concerted effort to free the journalist.

“We are making frantic efforts to free him and reunite him with his family.

“He was kidnapped in Pyagi in the outskirts of Abuja. We have been on the matter since 2am (yesterday),” the source said.

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