The Nigerian Guild of Editors has appealed to the kidnappers of newspaper columnist, Donu Kogbara, to release her immediately.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Monday, the group urged law enforcement agents to take “every necessary step” to ensure the safety of Ms. Kogbara.
Ms. Kogbara, a columnist with Vanguard newspapers, was abducted by unknown gunmen on August 30.
“Those holding Donu should remember that they have mothers, sisters, wives and daughters whom they cherish and protect intensely,” the NGE said in the statement signed by Garba Muhammad, its president.
“Donu is also a mother, wife and sister to other people who care deeply about her. They must not hurt her and should please release her to return to her family immediately.
“As a columnist, Donu has always stood for the truth, the poor and the downtrodden in her approach to national and local issues. It is therefore a big disservice to her that she should be subjected to the traumatic experience of being a victim of kidnapping.
“We implore her abductors to be humane and to release her unconditionally to continue with her crusade for a better country for all Nigerians.”
The group urged the police and other security agencies to put in place measures that would guarantee the safety and security of Nigerians, especially those exposed to higher risks such as journalists.
“To the family of Donu, we want you to know that we feel your pain at this very trying period and we shall continue to work and pray for the safe return of our dear colleague,” the NGE stated.
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