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IPC Demands Disciplinary Action For Culprits Over Attacks On Journalists

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From Umar Dankano,Yola

The International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos has condemned in strongest term the recent attacks on Journalists in the convoy of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos and Ekiti states.

Recall that Some journalists attached to the Lagos Governor were attacked after a visit to palace of Oba Rilwan Akiolu by the APC Presidential Candidate,Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday June 19th,2022 while a Campus Journalist,Jeremiah Omoniyi deployed to cover the Ekiti governorship election poll was arrested.

Position of the Centre was disclosed in a press release signed and issued by the Communication Officer,IPC Olutoyin Ayoade lamenting that the affected journalists,Adeola Ogunrinde and Omotseye Atsenuwa of Smooth 98’1FM were severely injured while Adedoja Salam of TVC was left in a state of shock.

In the release,the Executive Director of IPC,Mr.Lanre Arogundade charged both the police and the Lagos state Government to bring the perpetrators to justice to serve as deterrent to those who may be planning similar attacks on journalists ahead of 2023 elections.

Mr. Arogundade said the arrest of Omoniyi by the DSS during the polls on Saturday June 18th,2022 for allegedly recording a video of brawl involving party agents at a polling Unit in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area in Ekiti state amounted to undue harassment and obstruction of professional journalist on duty.

Arogundade advised the leadership of DSS and other security agencies to sensitise their officers on election duty that there is no law preventing journalists from covering,recording and reporting incidents on Election Day.

“It is also worth reminding all security agencies that the role of the media during electoral processes and elections is recognised by the Constitution and the Electoral Act any assault on any journalist or other media professional on electoral duty therefore means that the laws of the country are being undermined.

“The fact that the weekend attacks bring to more than 40 the number of dangerous and life threatening incidents involving journalists and other media professionals as documented by IPC’s Safety Alert Desk in the year 2022 alone underscores the need for such protection for journalists in Nigeria “.Arogundade said.

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Read How A Third-Class Monarch Was Assassinated In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima 

On the morning of Friday, April 9th, 2024, the citizens of Sansani Chiefdom in Gassol LGA of Taraba State were met with devastating news that their Chief, Abdulmutallib Nuhu, had been assassinated by unidentified gunmen.

This event occurred only a few hours before the commencement of the Nwonyo International Fishing Festival, which had been dormant for 14 years and was revived by the current administration of Governor Agbu Kefas. 

The festival is slated to take place in the Ibi Local Government Area of the State, along River Benue in the south of the State.

Sansani is located only a few kilometers from Ibi LGA, the designated site for the Nwonyo International Fishing Festival.

The gunmen arrived in Sansani town at approximately 9 pm on Thursday, proceeding directly to the palace where they murdered the monarch. 

The Danmasanin Sansani, Salihu Sansani, the elder brother of the deceased monarch testified to our Correspondent that the assailants arrived on motorcycles, shot and killed his brother, and absconded with his two mobile phones. 

“As they were leaving the village, they encountered a young man on a motorcycle and shot him, breaking his leg,” said Danmasani.

However, a senior police officer serving in the Sansani area informed our correspondent that his team was already pursuing the culprits responsible for the assassination of the paramount ruler.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer of Taraba State Command, ASP James Lashen, stated to journalists via telephone that, at the time of compiling the report, he was en route to the office and was not yet aware of the situation. 

“I am not aware. I am on my way to the office now. If I receive any situation report, I will inform you,” Lashen explained.

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Da Dumi-Dumi: An Sako Daliban Jami’ar Tarayya Dake Wukari

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Daga Sani Yarima 

Dalibai biyu wanda akayi garkuwa dasu domin neman kudin fansa dake Jami’ar Tarayya dake Wukari a jihar Taraba sun kubuta daga hannun wadan da suka sace su. 

Jami’ar harkan yada labarai da tsatsare na Jami’ar, Ashu Agya ta shedawa SAHEL REPORTERS cewa an sako daliban ne a daren jiya Alhamis 11/4/2024 a wani yanki dake karamar hukumar ta Wukari. 

Agya ta kara da cewa an bada naira dubu dari bakwai (N700,000) a matsayin kudin fansa ga masu garkuwa da mutanen, sabanin naira miliyan hamsin (N50m) da suka nema a farko. 

Majiyar tamu ta kuma tabbatar da cewa daliban na cikin koshin lafiya. 

Idan ba’a manta ba, daliban guda biyu, anyi garkuwa dasu ne a wani dakin saida abinci dake cikin Jami’ar a ranar Litini 1/4/2024 kimanin kwanaki goma sha daya kenan. 

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Breaking News: Abducted FUW Students Regain Freedom

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Two students who were previously abducted from the Federal University Wukari (FUW) in Taraba State have been released and are now free.

According to Mrs. Ashu Agbu, the Head of Information and Protocol at the institution, the aforementioned students were released on Thursday night, 11/4/2024, after being held captive for an undisclosed number of days.

Mrs. Ashu Agya told our reporter that a ransom of N700, 000 was paid in exchange for their release and that the students are currently in good health.

Recall that the kidnappers had earlier requested N50 million naira as ransom.

Additional details regarding this situation will be forthcoming at a later time.

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