The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has expressed concern over the death of a member in Gusau, Zamfara State, Hamisu Danjibga.
The union called on the Police to unravel the mystery surrounding his death.
Dr Chris Isiguzo, the National President of NUJ, in a statement, said that Hamisu, who until his death was a Correspondent of Voice of Nigeria in Zamfara State went missing last Sunday when some unidentified persons abducted him from his house in Gusau.
The statement said, “His lifeless body was discovered three days later, on Wednesday 20th September 2023 in a soakaway behind his house.”
It said the stench of his decomposing body attracted pupils and teachers from a nearby Islamia School who subsequently raised alarm.
“We suspect that the death of Hamisu is a clear act of intimidation designed to force journalists into self-censorship and eventually silence them. Journalists should not be made to work with fear that they could be targeted for their work,” the statement observed.
The union called on the authorities to investigate the incident, credibly establish the facts, and ensure accountability for those who carried out the dastardly act. Journalists need safety guarantees so that they can work freely and safely.