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.



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  • Philemon A.

    They just love to see their children disabled. It is incredible.

    • racy

      that’s a little ignorant of you Philemon. In fact they don’t have good access to information about health. As a result they believe rumours about the negative effects of vaccination, and are worried about their children being harmed by vaccines. A similar thing happened in the UK recently over the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. They do not ‘want’ to see their children disabled.

  • Evelyn

    Could we have a follow-up on the sentence in your article ‘there are fears that the vaccine causes infertility?” As long as people are susceptible to these fears, children will become disabled as a result of polio. As you rightly state, practically the whole world vaccinates its children. The whole world has not become infertile. It seems important that media in Nigeria help fight these unfounded ‘fears’.

    • racy

      very good point. Rather than giving a platform for people to repeat ‘fears’ over vaccines, based on inaccurate information, this tragedy could be reported in such a way as to highlight how this vaccine has saved millions of lives throughout the world, particularly in a country where some people don’t always have great access to health information.

  • david israelName

    The govenment should hands up off the nothern vacination since they are becoming unreasonable to themselves, why will one open fire on medical workers who er harmless.

  • olutusin Adewunmi

    The giving of the vaccines should be suspended till there is enough security for the vaccinators.Government should try their best in getting the gunmen that killed the vaccinators. Olutusin Adewunmi. Mass communication department, Caleb university,Imota,Lagos

  • Olorunsuyi bolorunduro sunday

    I think the northern government should hand off the northern vaccination why should one open fire on medical. Workers who are harmless