ByÂ AbdulwahabÂ Abdulah
ACCESS to Justice, AJ, has charged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, to do all within his power to ensure that the killers of the late Mr. Edo Ugbagwu, Judicial correspondent of The Nation newspapers, are apprehended.
In a statement in Lagos by Joseph Otteh, Executive Director of the organisation, the group condemned the brutal killing of Ugbagwu,Â whose death, it said, would add yet another number to the mounting statistics of journalists killed in Nigeria in recent times.
Referring to the killing of Bayo Ohu of The Guardian newspapers, AJ said news of Mr. Ugbagwuâ€™s murder was hard to digest, adding: â€œThe unresolved deaths of Godwin Agbroko and Abayomi Ogundeji, former Editors of Thisday newspapers add to this anguish.
â€œAccess to Justice is horrified by this rising threat to media freedom in our country represented by this systematic and unrelenting attacks on media practitioners. We call on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbona Onovo, and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, to employ every resources within the Forceâ€™s disposal to fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime as well as the culprits behind the back trail of murders and bring them to justice.
â€œWe can no longer afford public posturing in cases like this while assassinations and killings go unabated. We cannot afford that this murder is archived again. Edo Ugbagwuâ€™s murder must not become just a statistic.
â€œEdo Ugbagwuâ€™s death is an irreparable loss to our nation, besides just The Nation newspapers. Edo Ugbagwu was a fine gentleman, a diligent and hard worker with remarkable personal habits of calmness, kindness, gentleness and maturity.
â€œHe would never compromise truth for sensation. His loyalty to human rights causes was unequivocal and he consistently used his platform to advance freedom, equality and human dignity.
â€œHe undertook his onerous tasks and assignments with zeal and devotion and did not bargain his conscience for personal profit. He indeed was a very worthy ally of cause activists, and, by the way he advanced good causes through his work and medium, became an activist too in his own right.
â€œEdo Ugbagwu exemplified true, conscientious journalism and represented everything worthy about the profession in Nigeria.â€