By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), has called for the unconditional release of Mozambican journalist, Ibrahimo Abu Mbaruco.
The call was contained in a statement signed by its Programme Officer (Press Freedom), Joy Gadani, made available to our correspondent on April 18, 2020.
“It has been ten days since the disappearance of Mozambican journalist Ibrahimo Abu Mbaruco, in the embattled area, Northern province of Cabo Delgado.
“Reports say before his disappearance, he had sent a text message to a colleague about his abduction and harassment by the men in uniform,” it said.
AMDF said that, Mbaruco, a journalist and a newscaster with Palma Community Radio Station was on his way home from work on the evening of April 7, 2020, before he was declared missing.
Cabo Delgado has witnessed series civil unrest since October 2017, as a result of clash between Islamist armed group with the police.
“Abu’s alleged abduction by the military comes amid evidence that Mozambican authorities have continued to harass, intimidate and detain journalists.
“Africa Media Development Foundation is calling on Mozambican Authorities, for the unconditional release of Ibrahimo Abu Mbaruco, as well as proper investigation and due compensation for the journalist.
“We call on the Mozambican authorities to ensure the safety of journalists in the line of duty, especially as the world is been threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic,” it urged.