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Missing Anambra Journalist: Awba-Ofemili PG urges intensified efforts to find Onwuasoanya

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PRESIDENT General of Awba-Ofemili,  in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State, hometown of the missing Anambra Journalist, Barr. Mathew Onwuasoanya, Ikechukwu Offorkansi has called for intensified efforts towards securing the release of the journalist.

  Chief Offorkansi disclosed this in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, when he visited the corporate headquarters of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, ANPC, (publishers of National Light Newspaper, Ka Ọ Dị Taa Igbo Newspaper, and Sportslight Xtra), to officially notify the organisation of the missing journalist, on behalf of the town and its apex body, the Awba-Ofemili Development Union (A.D.U).

  According to him, Barr. Onwuasoanya who hails from Akpana Village of the town is a very calm, good, responsible and hardworking gentleman who is also reputed as an elite and stakeholder in the community.

  While highlighting some of the efforts made so far by the community towards securing the release of the Journalist since his  abduction from his residence at Nise on May,30, 2020; Chief Offorkansi  solicited the support and intensified efforts of the Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (where Onwuasoanya was working as a Journalist until his abduction); the Police, and other relevant/security agencies towards unearthing the circumstances surrounding his abduction and securing his freedom soonest.

  He said, “Both the Igwe-in-Council, the community’s apex body, and some other concerned citizens of the community have been working tirelessly and making series of efforts to that effect. We have been making relentless efforts.

  “All hands must be on deck. Hence, we hereby appeal to the National Light Newspaper, the Anambra State Government, and security agencies in the country to intensify efforts towards unearthing the circumstances that led to the ugly abduction of this reputable gentleman, Barr. Mathew Onwuasoanya.”

Contributing, one of the concerned citizens of the community, Chief Victor Maduagwuna said:”We rely on the police to do their investigations well and come out with their reports or findings, and unmask the people and circumstances behind this culpable act, and bring them to book.”

  It would be recalled that Barr. Mathew Onwuasoanya, a 49-year old journalist working with the National Light Newspapers was declared missing  since June, after he was abducted from his residence at Ngodo, Nise, on the early hours of Saturday, , 30th May, 2020.

In a letter addressed to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),

  Anambra State Council, to that effect; the MD/CEO, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, noted some of the efforts the organisation on its own had made so far on the matter, and called for more intensified efforts towards the rescue of the missing journalist, who he described as resourceful and diligent in the discharge of his duties.

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