Arewa youth condemn kidnap of Blueprint, Nation correspondents, family members

The leadership of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described as unacceptable the targeted kidnap of two Kaduna Journalists and some of their family members.

The President General of the forum Alhaji Yerima Shettima in a statement issued on Monday condemned the kidnap in strongest terms and demanded their immediate release by their abductors.

Shettima noted that the saddened news of the kidnap of Alhaji Abdulgafar Alabelewe of Nations newspaper, his wife and two children alongside Alhaji Abdulraheem Aodu is very disheartening and worrisome.

He called on relevant government authorities and security agencies to swing into serious action and ensure their safe release.

Shettima also called on spirited individuals to intensify prayers for their safe release.

” The news of the kidnap of two Kaduna based journalists Abdulgafar Alabelewe and Abdulraheem Aodu of blueprint newspaper and some of their family members is very shocking and worrisome and totally unacceptable.

“Journalists shouldn’t be target of kidnap because they are very key sector of the society providing needed information for growth and development of the society.

” I wish to appeal to government and security agencies to intensify efforts to see to their safe release and ensure an end is put to this kind of barbaric incidence.

” I also call for prayers for their safe release and for them to be reunited with their families, and also for quick recovery for the wife of Abdulraheem who was initially kidnapped and dumped in the bush due to her health condition”.

He said, he shared in the present trauma the members of the pen profession are passing through now because of their colleagues in captivity and further urged them to continue to pray with the assurance that they will be released soon