Three journalists killed in Nigeria
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 21:06
Abuja: Three local Nigerian journalists were killed over the weekend in the restive nation with one felled by unknown gunmen in his residence in Lagos while two were murdered in the volatile northern city of Jos while reporting Muslim-Christian communal clashes.

Edo Sule Ugbagwu a judiciary correspondent with The Nation's newspaper was gunned down in his home by unidentified gunmen on Sunday. Earlier two journalists Nathan S Dabak and Sunday Gyang Bwede working for a Christian newspaper were killed in Jos on Saturday.

The Jos killing is not unrelated to the crises in the city as the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) said the journalists were murdered while covering the fighting in the city.

So far, the police have only reacted to the killing of Ugbagwu with the Lagos State police spokesman saying he was killed after confrontation.

The country's Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo has ordered the officers to fish out the killers of Ugbagwu.

"The deceased is our colleague in the criminal system," he stated while mandating the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Marvel Akpoyibo, to thoroughly investigate the matter and leave no stone unturned in the hunt for the culprits.

Killing of journalists in Nigeria has become common and their killers are not found by the police.

Less than a year ago, a journalist with local Guardian newspaper, Bayo Ohu was killed in similar circumstances in his residence on September 20, 2009 while on August 17, 2008, a journalist with Thisday newspaper was shot while driving home by yet to be apprehended gunmen.

In 2006, Mr Godwin Agbroko another journalist with Thisday was gunned down on his way home at an expressway.


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 21:06

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