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Protect journalists, Akunyili tasks IG

Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, has tasked the Inspector General of Police to ensure that adequate protection is provided for all journalists in the country, particularly the four that allegedly received death threats over their reports on the removal of former INEC Chairman Prof Maurice Iwu recently.

The four journalists  are Abuja based journalists: Chuks Okocha of ThisDay, Yusuf Ali of The Nation, Shola Fadeyi of the Punch and Gbenga Aruleba of AIT.

They were said to have been threatened by unknown persons who alleged that their reports on the removal of the INEC boss, was in bad taste.

Akunyili however expressed Federal Government’s sadness at the spate of gruesome killings of journalists in the country, describing it as a major threat to the current democracy.

According to her, “I wish to appeal to the Inspector General of Police and relevant security agencies to commence urgent investigation in the reported cases of death threats to four Abuja based journalists, while calling on the media to remain calm, vigilant and share vital information with the police and security agencies in this direction.”


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