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Friday, April 30, 2010

The assasination of Nigerian journalists



















Simon's car

 Alright, so what's going on and who are those behind this horrifying acts? Barely five days after the the murder of The Nation’s judicial correspondent, Edo Egbagwu, another journalist, the Edo State Correspondent of Vanguard Newspaper, Simon Ebegbulem was almost also killed on Monday night.

Simon narrowly escaped death by ramming his car into the gate of a building while trying to escape from a car he said was trailing him.The injured reporter said as soon as he left his office, along Arousa, at about 8.30 pm on Monday, he noticed a vehicle trailing him right from Sapele Road down to Adesuwa in GRA and then to Ugbor Road where he lives. Thankfully he escaped.





















 The late reporter, Edo Egbagwu


Three journalists were killed last weekend. Muslim rioters killed two reporters working with a local Christian newspaper on Saturday, Deputy Editor Nathan S. Dabak, 36, and reporter Sunday Gyang Bwede, 39, of the Church of Christ in Nigeria-owned monthly The Light Bearer. Also on Saturday, court reporter Edo Sule Ugbagwu, from the The Nation was shot dead at his home by two gunmen.


You know, at least 5 journalists have been killed in the last two years in Nigeria. A member of This Day’s editorial board, Paul Abayomi Ogundeji was shot dead in August 2008 and political editor Bayo ohu was shot at his home in September 2009.

No one has yet been convicted of these crimes.
What is going on?