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Mienpamo Saint

Ganiyat Ganiyu

Gunmen have reportedly abducted a popular news blogger, Mienpamo Saint at his home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Mienpamo was reportedly abducted after the gunmen stormed his residence at about 1:00 am on Saturday.

According to reports, the gunmen reportedly took him away to an unknown destination after seizing his phones and those of his relatives.

A media rights activist and Convener of Yenagoa Media Forum, YMF, Agidee Theophilus, who confirmed the incident described it as outrageous.

Theophilus said: “This is another, in a series of calamitous events that have befallen men and women of the besieged fourth estate of the realm in the state.

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“The Yenagoa Media Forum joins other members of the pen fraternity to condemn the abduction of the media practitioner who in recent times has published scathing reports about key political actors in the Bayelsa State government.

“While the painful memory of the unresolved murder of Famous Giobaro is still fresh in our minds, we urged the Bayelsa State Police Command to do everything within it’s powers to resolve the matter within the shortest possible time.

“Our work as journalists in the state is almost a thankless job while dissenting voices are treated as pariahs. For those who have instigated this shameful act, let’s be reminded of the very insightful statement by the late US, President John F. Kennedy on freedom of the press”

However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Asinim Butswat, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

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