Media Rights Agenda (MRA) on November 23, 2012 marked the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI) with a highlight of cases of attacks on journalists from 1986 till 2012 while calling on the Nigerian government and relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate all unresolved cases of the murder of journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice.
MRA engaged its followers on its social media platforms creating an enlightenment programme that detailed the dangers of impunity not just to journalists but to all Nigerians.
The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), the global network defending and promoting free expression, has set aside November 23 of every year as the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI). Created by IFEX in 2011, the day is a call to action – to demand justice for those who have been targeted for exercising their right to freedom of expression and to shed light on the issue of impunity.
The date marks the Ampatuan Massacre in 2009 where 58 persons–including 32 journalists and media workers–were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province in southern Philippines.
MRA highlighted the case of some of the journalists who were killed in the line of duty and whose killers have not been brought to justice in Nigeria including the following:
Dele Giwa (1986)
On Sunday October 19, 1986, Mr. Dele Giwa, Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch Magazine, was at home having a late breakfast with a colleague, Kayode Soyinka, when a postman brought a parcel addressed to him. The parcel was a letter bomb that killed the journalist.
Bagauda Kalth0 (1996 and 1998)
Mr. Bagauda Kaltho was TheNews/Tempo magazines’ correspondent in Kaduna State in North-Western Nigeria. Kaltho disappeared in 1996. On August 18, 1998 the then Chairman of the task Force on Terrorist Activities, Alhaji Hassan Zakari Bui, announced in Lagos that police investigations had revealed that Kaltho was the unidentified person who died at the scene of a bomb blast at Durbar Hotel in Kaduna on January 18, 1998 while trying to plant the explosive device.
Chinedu Offoaro (1996)
MR. Chinedu Offoaro of The Guardian newspapers disappeared in May 1996, and is believed to have been arrested and detained. His whereabouts remain unknown till date.
Omololu Falobi (2006)
Mr. Omololu Falobi, a former journalist with The Punch newspapers, was the 35-year old founder and director of media advocacy group, Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) was gunned down on October 5, 2006 after he left his office in Lagos on his way home.
Godwin Agbroko (2006)
On Friday, December 22, 2006, the Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspapers, Mr. Godwin Agbroko was murdered by unknown gunmen at about 10.30pm in Lagos.
Paul Abayomi Ogundeji (2008)
Mr. Abayomi Ogundeji, a member of the editorial board of ThisDay newspaper was shot dead on August 17, 2008 at about 10.30pm in Lagos by unidentified gunmen.
Bayo Ohu (2009)
On 20 September 2009 at about 6.52 am, Mr. Bayo Ohu, an assistant news editor with The Guardian newspaper was murdered by gunmen his home in Lagos.
Enenche Akogwu (2012)
Mr. Enenche Akogwu, a 31-year old Channels Television reporter, was shot dead by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, while trying to report on the bomb blasts in Kano in January 2012.