Wazobia FM Broadcaster Shot, Kidnapped In Port Harcourt
SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, (THEWILL) - A Wazobia FM Port Harcourt broadcaster, Mr.
Anthony Akatakpo, who is famously known as Akas Baba on-air has been abducted from his Port Harcourt residence in the early hours of Thursday by gunmen.
A statement by the owners of Wazobia FM, which condemned his abduction, said Akas Baba was beaten and shot in the leg in the presence of his children and wife, despite cooperating with his attackers.
The statement said 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, the station said, adding that his kidnappers made a ransom demand of N10, 000,000 (Ten Million Naira) before fleeing with him.
The rest of the statement by Akas Baba's employer reads: '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.
'We also enjoin 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.
'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.