INCITEMENT: 3 JOURNALISTS ARRESTED OVER KILLING OF POLIO VACCINATORS

PM NEWS
Published on February 11, 2013
MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH/Kano

Three staff of the Kano station of Wazobia FM have been arrested by the
Nigerian police over what security
agencies described as inciting reports
that allegedly led to the attack on two
health centres at Angwar Uku and Hotoro quarters last Friday.

Residents of the northern Nigerian city of Kano were shocked as they woke up that day to the sad news of the killing of
nine female social health workers who
were on duty by yet unidentified gunmen on tricycles. Puzzled by the attack which is the second within the last six months, detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, acting on orders from Abuja went after the journalists whose
programme was believed to have incited Islamic extremists to kill the health workers in protest over the polio exercise in the city.

Suleiman Gama, producer of the Hausa
programme, Sandar Girma, Yakubu Musa, presenter of the programme and Mubarak Malam, reporter, are being quizzed by detectives at the Bompai headquarters of Kano Police Command. Security agencies believe that in the radio program, polio immunization was
criticized as anti-Islam and western ploy
to reduce the population of the region via infertility.

Mr.Ibrahim Idris, Kano state Commissioner of Police confirmed the
arrest of the radio journalists, describing their action as, “irresponsible
journalism,” pointing out that thorough
investigation are being carried out by his men. According to him, the programme which was aired few days before the attack was grossly inciting, noting that it influenced the behavior of the attackers.

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7 Responses to INCITEMENT: 3 JOURNALISTS ARRESTED OVER KILLING OF POLIO VACCINATORS

  1. Obix says:

    This is crazy! Aren’t these journalists supposed to be educated? What kind of animals are they? How can we ever move forward with such confusionists??? This is heart-aching!!!

  2. beegeagle says:

    My brother, dis na blackmail. An outsider is on the saddle and that is the heart of the matter. This was also how they cooked up the Sharia crisis which consumed thousands of lives just because an Obasanjo who they aided his rise to power and had hoped to control, became his own man.

    It was that ‘reawakening’ process in the light of the coming into being of the Sharia Law era which threw up pseudo-ideologues such as BH who sought to give their own unique interpretation and application of the religious laws.

    Since then, education has become a sin, the rain cycle has ceased to exist and even immunisation (some of us received oral vaccines and shots during our primary school days at SCHOOL without our parents on hand) has become the subject of wild speculation and destructive rumour mongering.

    We have always said that these antics are the handiwork of an evil nexus created by some of our compatriots and it involves journalists on the payrolls of local and foreign media upcountry(particularly so with programming rendered in Hausa language), politicians, civil society activists and the intelligentsia.

    Those who should know already know what is going on. Enough said.

    ON THE ANTICS OF OUR UPCOUNTRY MEDIA

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/icc-accuse-boko-haram-of-crimes-against-humanity-say-no-indicators-to-substantiate-allegations-of-state-sanctioned-outrages-by-security-forces/

  3. Number one says:

    I will like to look at it from another angle.decades back Nigerian children from kano were used for a clinical trial by pFizer without their consent,that should explain their fears.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Those trials took place in 1996 while a Kano man, Abacha, was Head of State. Nobody rioted, not to mention killing anybody.

    This matter of vaccination is not fresh on the table. The polio vaccine rumour was spawned in tandem with the Sharia crisis to create problems for an unmanageable Obasanjo regime. At the time, the Pfizer scandal had not even become public knowledge. It is not the origin of this rumour.

    Way back in 2003, the Shekarau regime even went as far as suspending immunisation across Kano State and I recall that a conclave of upcountry governors sent specimens of the vaccine to be tested in Indonesia. The specimens were declared to be perfectly safe.

    Vaccination had picked up again and in places such as Jigawa, the enjoyment of certain privileges and services had even become tied to evidence of having immunised one’s children.

    This latest episode is both a copycat event patterned after the excesses of the Taliban and the product of scare mongering by people who insist on destabilising the polity.

    Contaminants indeed. Such as cannot be infused into anti-malarials for instance and given to these same kids?

  5. peccavi says:

    If this is true I wholeheartedly support their investigation and prosecution. A genuine investigative piece with evidence is fine, whipping up rumours and supporting conspiracy theories has been the norm in certain parts of Nigeria. The massacres in the north in 1966 were a direct result of this.
    Let stupid journalists be prepared to do their jobs properly or face justice. And it should include ‘activists’ who take stupid rumours of favouritism by the COAS etc and broadcast it as fact without any attempt to get a counter point.

  6. beegeagle says:

    Thank God that they have been charged to court. Let the law take its course. Rights go with responsibilities. People cannot continue to lose their lives because of the loose tongues of a few idiots who hide behind freedom of speech to incite the populace and heat up the polity.

    If they are found guilty, they should not be given the option of bail. Let them go into prison and smash rocks using hammers under the hot sahelian sun.

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