Abia state governor, Chief T.A. Orji, has decried the murder of the judicial reporter of The Nation newspapers, Mr Edo Ugbagwu. He asked the police to unmask the killers of the journalist quickly.
Orji, according to the state commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Chief John Nwokocha, stated this in a condolence message to the management and staff of The Nation newspapers, wife and family of the deceased and the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ.
â€œIt hurts to lose a dear one and a productive staff who was hale and hearty just like that. On behalf of myself, family, government and good people of Abia State, I pray the Almighty God to heal the wound created by his sudden death, in the lives of all those thrown into mourning,â€ the governor said. He continued, â€œ The journalism profession isÂ not one that makes the practitioners special human beings.
But the dastardly killing of journalists nowadays has dangerously made the profession seem more vulnerable as if it is the only profession with hazardsâ€. Orji charged the police and other security agencies to unmask the killers of Edo and those of journalists killed before him, adding that unless the murder cases are resolved, danger signals are being sent to the world and this compounds the issue of insecurity in our country generally as it is also a serious threat to development.
He noted that it is worrisome that increasing killing of journalists is coming at a time the nation needs all professionals to collaborate to give our country credible elections in 2011.