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Nine journalists killed in Nigeria between 2006 and 2019-UNESCO Report

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AT least nine journalists were killed in Nigeria between 2006 and 2019, a report, UNESCO observatory of killed journalists has revealed.

The nine journalists, all of them male, still have circumstances surrounding their deaths unresolved till date, the report said.

UNESCO said the list was based on responses from member states. “Only those responses that Member States have agreed to make public are included here,” it said.

In general, the report said 1,327 journalists have been killed across the world since 1993.

They were Godwin Agbroko, chairman of This Day newspaper editorial board who was killed on December 22, 2006, by yet to be identified assailants. Agbroko was shot dead while he was driving home from work.

Paul Abayomi Ogundeji who was killed on August 17, 2008, in Idimu area of Lagos by suspected armed robbers. He was a journalist with The Comet, The Guardian, The Punch and was with ThisDay newspapers before his death.

Bayo Ohu who was killed in his home in Lagos on September 20, 2009, by unknown gunmen. He was the Assistant News Editor at the Guardian Newspaper.

Zakariya Isa, a staff of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) was killed in his home in Maiduguri, Borno State by members of Boko Haram on October 22, 2011, over allegation of spying on the sect.

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Nansok Sallah, an editor with Plateau State-owned FM radio station, Highland was murder in the capital city of Jos. His body was found lying face down in a shallow stream under a bridge in the central town of Jos, less than 200 meters (650 feet) from a military checkpoint, according to statements from the radio’s general manager. His death occurred on January 18, 2012. His assailants are yet unknown.

Enenche Akogwu died on January 20, 2012, in Kano during an attack coordinated by Boko Haram terrorists. The 31-year-old journalist was with the Channels Television when he was shot dead by an unknown gunman during the attacks.

Ikechukwu Udendu, editor of Anambra News, a monthly newspaper in Southeastern Anambra State was killed by unidentified gunmen, while he was returning home at night from a commercial printing press. He was shot in the hand and chest but his death is still unresolved.

Famous Giobaro, a journalist working with Radio Bayelsa, was shot dead by suspected gunmen who attacked his residential house at about 5 am on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

He was reportedly shot in the stomach while the attackers left without taking anything from the house, and without attacking any other person in the neighbourhood.

On November 15, 2017, police found Ikechukwu Onubogu, a cameraman with Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), dead with bullet wounds in the city of Onitsha, Anambra State.

Meanwhile, the 2018 UNESCO Director-General Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity provides an overview of data collected by UNESCO on killings of journalists that took place between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017 revealed that 182 journalists were killed in 2016-2017.

It further disclosed that 1,010 journalists killed in the last decade (2006-2017).

The full Report will be submitted on 21 November during the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

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