A broadcast journalist, Mr Anthony Akatakpo has been kidnapped in PortHarcourt.Mr Akatakpo popularly known as Akas Baba is a staff of Steam and Globe Broadcasting and Communications Limited, owners of of Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Nigeria Info.Akas Baba works specifically with Wazobia FM PortHarcourt.
He was kidnapped early Thursday after being beaten and shot in the leg by the kidnappers, an official statement by the company said.
The management which condemned the kidnap said “Akas Baba was beaten and shot in the leg by the kidnappers in the presence of his children and wife, despite cooperating with his attackers. He was thereafter whisked away in his Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV with Registration Number LSD 871 CM. This very violent act still leaves Akas Baba’s family in great trauma.
Also the “The kidnappers made a ransom demand of N10, 000,000 (Ten Million Naira) before fleeing with him” the statement said
“The family and management of Wazobia FM have reported the kidnap to the police as well as other security agencies. We are optimistic that the police alongside other security agencies will do a thorough job of securing the release of Akas Baba. We hereby urge security operatives in the state to do everything possible to quicken the release of the ace broadcaster from the kidnappers’ den. We are worried that his health might degenerate if he does not get access to medical care as a result of the gunshot wound he sustained.
The statement enjoined anyone with vital information that could aid the release of Akas Baba to please contact the nearest police station, or call the number: 08099930069 or send a text to 32355.
“We once again plead with the people holding Akas Baba to release him immediately so he can return to his family and we can all put this sad experience behind us” the management said
Akas Baba is the host of “Make Una Wake Up” the breakfast show on Wazobia fm Port Harcourt The show which airs weekdays from 5am to 10am, is one of the most popular radio shows in the South-South region of the Nigeria.