15 January 2014

Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan's Photographer Shot in Front of Nigeria Home

On 13 January 2014, at about 10:30PM local time, Mr. Callistus Ewelike, a photojournalist with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), was shot in front of his house in the Nyanya area of Abuja. He had just returned from covering the commissioning of a power project by President Goodluck Jonathan in Shape, Abuja and was alighting from his vehicle.

Ewelike was thereafter immediately taken to a nearby hospital by his neighbours and later transferred to the National Hospital in Abuja for surgery.

Ewelike - who is assigned to the presidency as President Goodluck Jonathan's media photographer - was reportedly confronted in front of his house by two men on a motorbike. One of them later shot [at Ewelike], after which both men sped off in their motorbike. [The sound of] the gunshot attracted neighbours.

No item was taken from him.

The Nigeria Police have launched an investigation into the incident with an order for the manhunt and arrest of the assailants.

This is the second time that the journalist has been attacked by gunmen: late last year, some gunmen broke into his residence and took away his work tools, including a camera, a laptop and a few other personal items.

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