Wazobia FM journalists charged over polio vaccinators’ death in Kano

A Kano Magistrate court has remanded in police custody two radio journalists and a cleric in connection with the killings of nine female healthcare workers shot to death in the restive northern metropolis last week.

The women were killed when gunmen in taxis opened fire on them as they prepared to give oral drop vaccines to children in Kano, the Associated Press reported.

According to the report, the Kano state police said the radio reporters of Wazobia FM incited the killings when they discussed fears about the vaccination campaign.

ThisDay newspapers identified the reporters as Yakubu Musa Fagge and Mubarak Muhammad Sani of Wazobia FM. Abubakar Rabo Abdulkarim is said to be a cleric.

All three are set to face a seven-count charge, according to the newspaper. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have applied for bail. ThisDay reported that Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Bello has ordered their continued detention.

The radio station is yet to officially respond to the arrest of its reporters.

The shooting in Kano on Friday claimed the lives of at least 12 victims.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the killings, suspicions fall on the extremist Boko Haram sect.

There are fears that the vaccines cause infertility.

Nigeria is still one of the three countries where polio is endemic; the two other countries being Afghanistan and Pakistan.

SOURCE: PILOT AFRICA


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