By Abdullahi Yusuf
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged the police to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of its member in Zamfara State, Hamisu Danjibga.
The call is contained in a statement signed by the President of the Union, Chris Isuguzo,and circulated to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.
While mourning the death of Danjibga, the union said: “We call on the Authorities to investigate this 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.
“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 targetted for their work,” the union said.
It said Hamisu was until his death a Correspondent of Voice of Nigeria in Zamfara State,and that he went missing last Sunday when some unidentified persons abducted him from his house in Gusau.
It said that his lifeless body was discovered three days later, precisely on Wednesday 20th September, 2023 in a soakaway behind his house.
The union said that the stench of his decomposing body attracted pupils and Teachers from a nearby lslamiya School who subsequently raised alarm.