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Journalist killed in Maiduguri

(MRA/IFEX) - On 22 October 2011, at about 8.00 p.m. local time, Alhaji Zakariya Isa, a cameraman with the federal government-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), was killed by three gunmen, suspected to be members of the radical Islamic sect locally known as Boko Haram, at his residence in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in northeastern Nigeria.

The gunmen were said to have arrived in an unmarked vehicle and demanded to see Zakariya, whereupon one of the suspects pulled out a Kalashnikov rifle from a flowing gown and fired several shots into the journalist's head and chest at the entrance to his house.

The sect is reported to have threatened to target reporters after it claimed that spokesmen who were not part of the sect were being quoted by the media.

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- calling on the Nigerian Police to investigate the killing and bring the perpetrators to justice
- asking the Nigerian Police to ensure the safety of journalists in Nigeria

APPEALS TO:
Mr. Hafiz Ringim
Inspector General of Police
Force Headquarters
Loius Edet House
Shehu Shagari Way
Area 11 Garki,
Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234 9 234 0633 / 0422
Fax: +234 9 234 0422
E-mail: fpro@nigeriapolice.org

Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN)
Hon. Attorney General and Minister for Justice
Attorney General's Chambers
Federal Secretariat Complex
10th Floor, Shehu Shagari Way
P. M. B. 192, Abuja
Tel: +234 9523 5194
Fax: +234 9523 5208
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