The International Press Centre (IPC), has called on the government of Nigeria to stop all kinds threats to the lives of working journalists.
IPC, a Lagos based NGO said it “is disturbed about the reported threats on the life of Daily Nigeria publisher, Jaafar Jaafar, who had to go into hiding “because of fear for his life as unidentified persons, likely to be ‘hitmen’ had been stalking him both at his Abuja and Kano residences.”
“These threats came after Jaafar had published video clips of Governor Abudullahi Ganduje of Kano State in October 2018, allegedly showing him collecting bribe in dollars from a contractor,” IPC said in a press statement issued on Thursday.
IPC said Mr Jaafar’s life came under suspected threat “following the Governor’s recent interview with BBC Hausa on Friday, March 19, 2021 where he said that they were making plans to deal with those who released the videos, Jaafar wrote a petition to the then Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the renewed threats to his life.
The statement which was signed by Melody Lawal, IOC’s Program Officer/Safety Alert Desk Officer, said on the 14th of April, 2021, Jaafar further received an invitation from the Inspector General of Police monitoring unit for questioning alleging that he was inciting violence and spreading injurious falsehood against the Inspector General of Police.
IPC officials said their Safety Alert Desk had received a report that “reveals that, yesterday, April 22, 2021 Jaafar posted on his Facebook page that, “he is now out of hiding and hopes to be safe.”
“We are deeply worried about the situation of Jaafar and hereby call on the Nigerian government and the security agencies to ensure that he is not harmed in anyway Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of IPC, said.
“We enjoin anyone who may be aggrieved over the reports of the journalist to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted following the due process of the law, Arogundade said further.
IPC believes the time has come to stop attacks on journalists in Nigeria so that the country would stop being counted among dangerous zones for journalists to practice across the world.