A human and civil rights group in Nigeria, Equity Forum (EF) has called for the Investigation and prosecution of assailants who killed an Adamawa based journalist, Maxwell Nashan.
Nashan, a reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) station, Fombina FM, was said to have been attacked by unknown assailants on Wednesday in Yola, the state capital.
The assailants were said to have picked the journalist from his house in the Bachure area of the city and dumped him near the station with cuts and bruises.
A statement made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend in Abuja yesterday, signed by the group’s general secretary, Pastor John Kelvin bemoaned the incessant attacks on journalists, rights activists and ministers of God.
The group also seeks the arrest and prosecution of thugs who attacked and beat up rights activist Deji Adeyanju and many others who were seriously injured during the attack which happened in Abuja on the 22 December, 2019.
According to the statement, “You will recall that Adeyanju, who was in the forefront of the campaign to release Omoyele Sowore got more than he bargained for as thugs unleashed terror on him and other protestersand he was subsequently flown out of Nigeria, where he is still receiving treatments.
“We also have the case of another journalist and publisher , Mr. Darlington Okpebholo-Ray who was attacked, his car taken from him at gun point with stern warning against his continuous online campaign against Fulani herdsmen and anti-government stands and publication, the case reported to the authorities and till today nothing has been heard about it as the victim has gone into hiding for fear of more attacks.”
The statement, however, called on security agencies to save the nation from a civil unrest by immediately arresting and prosecuting the culprits as well as provide adequate security for Nigerians exercising their civic rights, including the right to peaceful protest.