Two Nigerian journalists killed, 12 assaulted in 2017 (FULL LIST) – IPC

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At least two Nigerian journalists have been killed in 2017, according to data collected by the International Press Centre, IPC.

Another 12 journalists and media organisations in the country suffered various forms of assault including from state actors, the centre which tracks the situation of journalism in Nigeria said.

In a statement to mark the International day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, the IPC called for “urgent justice for all attacked journalists in the country through investigation and diligent prosecution of the alleged perpetrators.”

The group, in the statement signed by Melody Akinjiyan and Lanre Arogundade, programme assistant and director respectively, also advised Nigerian journalists to take safety more seriously.

The group listed the slain and assaulted journalists in its statement.

The slain journalists are Famous Giobaro of Bayelsa State-owned radio station, Glory FM 97.1, who was shot dead on April 16; and Lawrence Okojie of Nigerian Television Authority, Benin, who was shot dead while returning from work on July 8.

Read the full IPC statement below.

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS: IPC DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR ATTACKED JOURNALISTS

The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, has said there should be urgent justice for all attacked journalists in the country through investigation and diligent prosecution of the alleged perpetrators.

IPC made the call on Thursday as journalists, other media professionals and freedom of expression groups mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

The IPC said it was unfortunate that Nigeria continues to rank high among countries where press freedom and freedom of expression are under threat stating that the database of its Safety Alert Desk reveals not less than fourteen incidents of assault, threat, battery, arrest, kidnap, killing and invasion involving journalists and media institutions within the last one year.

These include:

1. Jerry Edoho of Ibom Nation Akwa Ibom State: He was picked up in Uyo by police personnel from the Force headquarters in Abuja on January 6.

2. Nsebiet John of The Ink, Akwa-Ibom State: He was detained for a night in police cell, arraigned and granted bail to the sum of N250,000 on January 6.

3. PREMIUM TIMES, Abuja: The premises was invaded by armed police officers on January 19.

4. Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher, PREMIUM TIMES and Evelyn Okakwu, Judiciary correspondent: Both were arrested by armed police officers on January 19.

5. Godwin Aliuna of National Mirror, Ebonyi State: He was attacked by alleged armed robbers in his residence on February 22.

6. Famous Giobaro, journalist with Bayelsa State-owned radio station, Glory FM 97.1: He was shot dead by suspected hired assassins on April 16.

7. Samuel Nweze, Publisher of the People’s Leader: He was shot by gunmen in front of his office in Abakaliki on June 2.

8. Charles Otu of the Conscience Newspaper: He was beaten to stupor with dangerous weapons and later abducted by suspected political thugs in Abakaliki on June 2.

9. Lawrence Okojie of Nigerian Television Authority, Benin: He was shot dead by gunmen at 8 p.m. while returning from work on July 8.

10. Amadin Uyi of Silverbird Television, Abuja: He was brutalized by police officers during the protest by Ourmumudondo group at Unity Fountain in Abuja on August 8.

11. Segun Salami of Channels Television, Kogi: He was battered at the state house detention centre by security personnel attached to Kogi State government house on August 28.

12. NUJ secretariat, Abia State: Invaded by Nigerian soldiers of Operation Python Dance on September 12 during which some journalists were assaulted.

13. Wale Odunsi, an editor with Daily Post (online publication): He was reportedly attacked by security officials at the Kogi State government house on October 11.

14. Ikechukwu Ibe of the Daily Trust Newspapers: He was allegedly brutally assaulted by an Army captain at Jabi area of Abuja on October 26.

The Director of the IPC, Lanre Arogundade, said these were unwelcome development deserving the attention of media stakeholders.

“We attach the highest priority to the safety of journalists and other media actors. We oppose any action, legislation, regulation or political pressure that limits freedom of the press. Acts of intimidation and violence against journalists in Nigeria have to end for democracy to survive. Attacks against media institutions and journalists are attacks against democratic rights including the right of the public to know the truth about the way they are governed,” Mr. Arogundade said.

Mr. Arogundade called on the police authorities to make public disclosure on what has been done so far towards unravelling the mystery behind killed journalists in Nigeria.

He also called on journalists and other media professionals to take their safety more seriously by keeping abreast with various safety tips for journalists covering dangerous assignments.


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  • Simeon Nigel

    It is very sad to be hearing about legitimate journalists were been assaulted, attacks, killed in a gruesome manner, being physically mammed, beaten up, being deliberately provoked at will, thrown into prison, being randomly detained or put into police cell, been assissinated and so forths; the list are endless. Journalists the world over, are the powerful “mouth piece” for the vulnerable people in the entire society. And without journalists the ‘voiceless’ will never be heard as well as any country for its general population masses, (in Nigeria is not exception or excluded), would not be able to get to know of the daily happenings about their elected leaders’ actions and their in-active actions. Highly influencial politicians that were well known and also later became ‘households’ names were made possiseable today by journalists’ hard-working for good reporting efforts. Nigerian politicians do not care when after they’ve had won their chosen elected offices, but they also tends to have forgotten too soon about their election winning possibilities was also made possible as a results by journalists reporting about them in whichsoever media houses under which that these journalists were working for and being representing. Although, of course there a few minority journalists group that tends to engages in reporting activities that point towards turnishing the good image of journalistic profession as a whole, due mainly to their personal selfish and greedy ends objectives, ever before they can perform their duties of reporting news items or materials in their assigned domain. But all the same, journalists in whatso ever form or shape in any where that they may be, whilst carrying out their lawful duties, politicians, those in government as top decision makers and the general public should always supporting them and also assisting journalists as to no matter whatsoever level any such journalists status may be. Journalists, either male or female are the general public or whole society or our “eyes” for revealing out any form of darkest or ills vices side of the society, and also daily checkmating our corrupt leaders hidden misdeeds in the course of their good governance for today general society benefits..