28 December 2010

Nigeria: Another Journalist Killed in Jos Crisis

Jos — Plateau State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has regretted the death of one of its members, Mr. Augustine Sindyi, a photo Journalist with Nigeria Standard Newspapers in the recent bomb explosion in Jos, the state capital.

The union in a statement signed by the its chairman, Mr. Katdapba Gobum and secretary, Mr. Isaac Shobayo, said Mr. Sindyi was at scene of the multiple bomb blasts at Kabong in Jos North Local Government Area of the state and was among the first causalities that died on the spot.

His remains were deposited at Air force Military Hospital mortuary Jos. He would be buried today (Tuesday).

Until his death, the late Syindi was an experienced photo journalist and is survived by a wife and children. It would be recalled that two other journalists died in similar circumstances early this year.

The council however, strongly condemned the blast which nearly snowballed into another round of violence. He commended the prompt intervention of the government and the security men for rising to the occasion accordingly.

It viewed the explosion as a dangerous dimension to the act of hostility that has been in vogue in the state capital for quite some time and called on both the state and the federal government to carry out proper investigation on the blast.

Council charged those in position of authority to stop paying lip service to the crisis which is gradually becoming a norm in the state.

Meanwhile, the Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) has accused politicians in Plateau state of displaying "high sense of insensitivity to the plight" of the people in the state by not doing enough to address issues bothering on their wellbeing but rather engaging in political debate over peoples' lives.

In a statement by Steve Aluko executive director, CLO said the recent multiple bomb blasts at different "choicest area of the state capital is the act of terror perpetuated in a systematic way to provoke another round of killing".

Also, the Ulama Elders Council in the state has condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians citizens stressing that the atrocities were not only restricted to Christian dominated areas but also alone a Muslim dominated area is a demonstration of that.

CLO said the attack was an "unprovoked and misguided transfer of aggression against innocent and unsuspecting Nigerians" adding that the attack was a "terror against humanity and against the right of the people to life, own property and engage in lawful economic activities in the state".

Part of the statement said: "The plateau state government and the opposition politicians in the state have displayed high sense of insensitivity to the plight of the families, victims and the people of the state by reducing the act to mere political debate rather than addressing the substance".

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