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ActionAid advocates improved welfare for Nigerian journalists



ActionAid Nigeria has urged media proprietors to ensure an improved welfare package for journalists in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement issued by the ActionAid Country Director, Ene Obi to mark World Press Freedom Day, on Monday, May 3, in Kaduna.

“The freedom of the press is one of the essential cornerstones of a democratic society and for a safe and favorable environment for journalists and activists to work.

“More importantly, media proprietors must also ensure improved welfare package for journalists in Nigeria,” Obi said.

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She decried what he described as consistent and dangerous attempts by state and non-state actors to breach statutes guaranteeing the essential freedom of expression or censor the media and journalists while doing their legitimate duties.

The ActionAid official recalled that in 2018, the Nigerian Government made a commitment to protect and promote freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and to create a safe and favorable environment for human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society.

“Unfortunately, these commitments have not translated to action by government as many cases of impunity against the media and journalists have led to the poor rating the country has received,” she said.

The official advised the government and other stakeholders in Nigeria to improve the country’s record of repression of the media and journalists.

Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has commended the vigilance group and security agents in the Dekina Local Government Area of the state for the arrest of notorious kidnappers.

Yahaya Bello gave the commendation in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, on Sunday, May 2, after a successful operation where three kidnapped victims were also rescued.

The governor said that the kidnappers had been operating and terrorising communities in the environs.

According to him, the successful fight against criminals in the state; is also coming at a time when insecurity is heightened in some parts of the country.

Yahaya Bello said the gang of notorious kidnappers operating in Dekina Area Council on Sunday met their waterloo on Saturday on Idah Road.

He added that the repel by the Joint Taskforce of Neighborhood watch; vigilantes; hunters; and other security agents led to the death of the gang members as three captives were released.

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“The kidnappers, whose names were Monday Mimiko alias Aneni the law and Abu Billi alias Don German died during crossfire with security personnel; while two others escaped with gunshot wounds.

“The security team also freed three persons kidnapped by the gang; during operation around Egume.

“The criminals had been terrorising the Okura axis of Dekina LGA for years engaging in kidnapping and armed robbery.”

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