The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has appealed for the immediate release of Ms. Donu Kogbara, a columnist with the Vanguard Newspapers who was abducted penultimate Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A statement by NGE President , Garba Deen Muhammad, said those holding Donu should remember that they have mothers, sisters, wives and daughters whom they cherish and protect intensely. “
On behalf of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, I wish to passionately appeal to the kidnappers of our friend Ms. Donu Kogbara who was abducted on Sunday, 30/8/2015, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. “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.
On their part the police and other security agencies must take every step necessary to ensure the safe release of Donu Kogbara; and to put in place measures that will guarantee the safety and security of all 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.