The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has expressed shock over the murder of one of its members, Famous Giobaro, a journalist with the Bayelsa State owned Glory FM Radio Station who was killed in cold blood by unknown gunmen at his residence in Yenagoa on Sunday.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the union’s National Secretary, Shuaibu Shadalafiya, the NUJ called on the Inspector General of Police,IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy all necessary resources at his disposal to apprehend the killers of the journalist and bring them to justice.
Shadalafiya stated that Giobaro’s murder has “once again brought to the fore the precarious security situation in the country where hoodlums, armed robbers and other criminals now strike at will without fear of being stopped by security agents.”
“This reign of terror must not be allowed to continue and we call on President Muhammadu Buhari and heads of all security agencies to redouble their efforts at protecting the life and property of all law abiding citizens,” the statement read.
The NUJ also charged the federal government to live up to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property of all Nigerians, while urging all journalists “to take extra precaution regarding their safety and not treat any threat to their life with levity but report such promptly to appropriate authority.”
“We commiserate with the families of Giobaro and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of their dear one, while also praying to God to grant him eternal rest,” the statement read.