NUJ calls for investigation into death of VON Journalist
Bilkisu Halilu Pai, Abuja
The Zamfara sate chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on security operatives to thoroughly investigate the death of a veteran journalist working with Voice of Nigeria (VON), Hamisu Danjigba.
In a statement signed by the union’s state secretary, Ibrahim Ahmed, it says the late Danjibga was alleged to have been abducted by suspected Kidnappers and his dead body was later found in a sock away at the backyard of the deceased residence.
“Zamfara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists regret to announce the death of Hamisu Danjibga, a reporter with Voice of Nigeria (VON) whose body was found in a sock away behind his house three days after missing.
“The discovery of his corpse was as result of unpleasant odour observed by Islamiya (Islamic school) Children in the evening of Wednesday 20th September,2 023 who drew the attention of their teachers.
“After breaking the sock away, the dead body was confirmed to be that of Danjibga by his family and some neighbors. His funeral rites have since been observed according to Islamic injunctions.
“The Union extends it heartfelt condolence to the family, Voice of Nigeria and entire Zamfara state.
“The Council while expressing deep concern over the nature of Danjibga’s demise, appealed to security agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the NUJ, Voice of Nigeria’s chapel has condemned the unfortunate and inhuman death of its correspondent, Danjibga.
In a condolence message signed by the secretary of the chapel, Taiwo Godwin, it says the tragic death of Hamisu Danjibga is another sad reminder of the grave danger that Nigerians face as a result of insecurity.
“It is with a deep sense of loss that the NUJ (VON chapel) executives and members, received the news of the tragic death of Hamisu Danjigba, a VON correspondent in Zamfara state, in the hands of his abductors.
“His demise is another sad reminder of the grave danger that Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, creed or culture, face as a result of insecurity in the land.
“We condemn in totality the unfortunate and inhumane event, while also sending our thoughts and prayers to his family at such a painful time in their lives.
“We also call on the appropriate authorities to pursue and snuff out his killers and make them account for their crime.
The chapel prayed to God almighty that “never again should there be a reoccurrence of this evil amongst the von family.!”
Finally, may Hamisu Danjigba’s gentle soul rest in peace.