The International Press Institute (IPI) Nigeria has asked the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to investigate the abduction and subsequent killing of Hamisu Danjibga, a Reporter of Voice of Nigeria (VON) in Zamfara State.
It was learnt that Danjibga was abducted in his house in Samaru Community in the heart of Gusau, the Zamfara State capital last Sunday at about eight o’clock in the evening.
The abductors, according to his relatives, called twenty-four hours after the incident and allegedly demanded one million naira as part payment before they place full ransom for his release. Three days later, his body was found in a soakaway in the Samaru Community.
However, IPI Nigeria, in a statement signed by its Legal Adviser, Mr. Tobi Soniyi, on Thursday described the circumstances surrounding the abduction and killing of the journalist as both shocking and deeply concerning. Noting that the brazenness with which Danjibga was abducted and killed in a major city like Gusau is an indication of how unsafe Nigeria has become.
The statement reiterated its call for a swift and thorough investigation into the abduction and murder of Hamisu Danjibga to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. It also called for increased security measures to protect journalists and citizens in all parts of Nigeria
Hamisu Danjibga was said to be one of the journalists reporting the activities of criminal elements, especially armed bandits, kidnappers and their collaborators.
“We believe he was targeted because of his profession as a journalist”, IPI Nigeria said, adding that “Unless the perpetrators of this heinous crime are arrested and prosecuted, they are likely to become emboldened and will go after other journalists”.
“IPI Nigeria reiterated its call for protection for journalists and other media professionals across Nigeria, whom it said, are strongly committed to upholding good governance and democracy by protecting the ethos of whistleblowing, as well as freedom of expression in the country,” the statement added.