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NUJ holds rally over killing of journalists

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Journalists from across the length and breadth of Nigeria will Monday converge on Lagos for a rally to sensitize law enforcement agencies, the National Assembly and government at all levels on the need to put a stop to the incessant killing of media practitioners in the country.

Rising from an emergency meeting held by stakeholders in the media industry last week in Lagos, it was resolved that an urgent action must be taken to put a stop to the killing of journalists whose lives were terminated in the course of carrying out their constitutional duties.

During the rally which coincides with the World Press Freedom Day to be led by the National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Mallam Garba Muhammed, journalists from across the country will march to the Police Headquarters and the office of the Lagos State Governor to demand for comprehensive investigations into the numerous killings of journalists.

It would be recalled that Mr. Dele Giwa, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine was assassinated via a letter bomb in October 1986 by yet to be identified persons.

Messrs Godwin Agbroko and Abayomi Ogundeji former Chairman and member Editorial Board of Thisday Newspapers respectively were also gunned down by assassins still at large, while Messrs Tunde Oladepo, former Chairman, NUJ Ogun State Council and Bayo Ohu, both of The Guardian Newspapers were also murdered and their killers are yet to be found.

Ms Bolade Fasasi, former Treasurer of Lagos NUJ and Bagauda Kaltho of The News Magazine and more recently, Edo Sule Ugbagwu of The Nation Newspapers were all murdered in yet unexplained and provocative circumstances.

According to the Deputy President, NUJ, Mr. Rotimi Obamuwagun, the decision to embark on the rally is in the best interest of everybody because the freedom of the press is also the freedom of all Nigerians.


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