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Ohu: Afenifere, NUJ, seek Coroner’s inquest

….Police must get Ohu’s killers —NPAN, NBA, editors

By Innocent Anaba, Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo

The National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere Renewal Group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, has asked the Nigeria Police Force not to limit its ongoing investigation into the gruesome murder of the Assistant Political Editor of The Guardian, Mr. Bayo Ohu.

Also, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and civil society organisations have called for immediate coroner’s inquest into the murder case to unravel the mystery surronding Ohu’s death.
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Meanwhile, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, in a statement, also condoled with the widow and family of the deceased through a condolence letter addressed to the widow.

Odumakin, while speaking with newsmen yesterday at the Ladi Lawal Press Centre, Alausa, in respect of the murder of Ohu, said it became necessary to arrest all those suspected in the death of the top journalist who was said to be investigating an alleged case of certificate forgery involving a top government official before his killing.

At the conference, NUJ President, Alhaji Garba Mohammed and Executive Director of International Press Centre, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, among others, the national body of NUJ also condemned the killing of Ohu and urged the government of Lagos State to conduct an immediate coroner’s inquest to unravel the mystery behind his murder as well as the need for the Nigeria Police to intensify effort geared toward identifying and bring the killers to book without further delay.

Odumakin stressed that the demand for coroner’s inquest became expedient to unravel his killers.

Police must get Ohu’s killers —NPAN, NBA, editors

The Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN),  the Nigerian Guild of  Editors (NGE) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), have expressed worries over the murder of  The Guardian’s Assistant Political Editor, Mr. Bayo Ohu, by unknown gunmen in his residence in Lagos.

NPAN, is a statement by its President, Chief Ajibola Ogunsola, said, “we once again call the attention of the Inspector-General of Police, in particular, and other institutions directly responsible  for safety and security in general, to the apparent rise in the incidents of violent crimes in the country.

“The murder of an assistant editor with The Guardian, Mr. Bayo Ohu, in his house on Sunday, indicates that the security situation in the country has hardly improved since November last year when at our Annual General Meeting, we urged the government to take the security seriously,” he added.

Ogunsola stressed that,“Given the circumstances of Ohu’s death, the NPAN calls on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, to diligently pursue all leads, including possibly using Ohu’s mobile phone call log in the last 72 hours before the incident. The public must be kept abreast, from time to time, of progress with the investigations.

However, NBA, in a statement by its President, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), said, “we are saddened  because his death came as the Lagos State Government-ordered coroner inquest into the circumstances surrounding the killing of the former member of Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspapers, the late Abayomi Ogundeji, is still yet to be concluded.”

Also, NGE President, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, who was accompanied on a condolence visit to The Rutam House, headquarters of The Guardian on Monday, by the Guild’s Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the brutal murder of the frontline journalist was sad, callous and uncalled for.

“The Guild views this senseless murder of a brilliant and an easy-going journalist as a sad development in the country at a time that Nigeria is rebranding and about to celebrate its 49th year as a sovereign nation. We hope that this sad development is not a throw-back to the terrible era in Nigeria when journalists were being hounded or the days in Asia and Latin America when journalists were being killed for writing the truth.”

Adefaye said  NGE would urge the police, especially Onovo, not to jump into conclusion over the motive of  Ohu’s killers.


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