Hamisu Damgipga, the Zamfara State correspondent for Violence Voice of Nigeria, VON, was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday night who were thought to be terrorists.
His freedom is currently being sought after by the crooks for a ransom of one million niara.
The victim’s brother, identified as Damgipga junior, verified the occurrence and said that the journalist had been abducted at his home in Gusau’s Samaru neighbourhood.
In order to report their relative’s disappearance, his relatives and neighbours reportedly attacked the Secretariat of the Correspondents church.
They also provided media with text messages from the bandits demanding payment of one million Naira by this Friday or earlier.
When reached, the State Police Command’s spokesman, ASP Yazeed Abdulahi, verified the occurrence and said that the people involved were not bandits but rather criminals searching for work.
He claimed that the command’s anti-violence squad had been sent to the region to secure his release, despite the fact that he is really in Gusau and not a forest.
This proves that bandits did not carry out the operation because if they had, they would have carried the man into the jungle.