Fam­ily, friends protest as ab­ducted broad­caster re­mains miss­ing year af­ter

The Punch - - SUNDAY SPECIAL -

FAM­ILY mem­bers and friends of a broad­caster, Mr Peter Tex, took to the streets of Cal­abar, Cross river State, on Satur­day to protest over his where­abouts fol­low­ing his ab­duc­tion by gun­men a year ago near his work­place.

The pro­test­ers marched from 12 Cham­ley Street (Tex’s res­i­dence) to the premises of Cross river Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion where he worked.

Briefing jour­nal­ists, Tex’s son, alexan­der, who spoke on be­half of the fam­ily, said it was un­for­tu­nate that one year af­ter his fa­ther was ab­ducted, the fam­ily did not hear any­thing about him.

he said it was pa­thetic that his where­abouts could not be as­cer­tained, adding that the fam­ily did not know whether he was dead or alive.

“It has been one year of unan­swered ques­tions, pains, trauma and high ex­pec­ta­tions. We still con­tinue to ex­pect the re­turn of our dear fa­ther, who has yet to re­turn home to his chil­dren.

“There is still no word, no de­tails, no break­through and no pleas­ant news about what hap­pened to Peter Tex,” alexan­der lamented.

he said de­spite en­gag­ing the po­lice, Depart­ment of State Ser­vices and other law en­force­ment agen­cies to un­ravel the mys­tery be­hind their fa­ther’s ab­duc­tion, all ef­forts had proved abortive.

“It is one year with­out our fam­ily head, our bread­win­ner and fa­ther,” he said, adding that life had been un­bear­able.

“For a year now, it is still un­known what has hap­pened to our fa­ther. We do not re­ally know if he is still alive; if not where are his re­mains?

“Who are the peo­ple who car­ried out this crim­i­nal op­er­a­tion? are they still walk­ing the streets of Cal­abar with­out any price paid? Should we be­lieve the man is dead? When he is sup­posed to be in ac­tive ser­vice to his state his where­abouts un­known,” he said.

he ap­pealed to the state gov­ern­ment, se­cu­rity agents and the me­dia to do what­ever pos­si­ble to un­ravel the mys­tery be­hind the dis­ap­pear­ance of the broad­caster.

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