Zamfara: Gov Lawal mourns, orders probe of journalist’s murder


By Faith Awa Maji

Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, has ordered security operatives to initiate immediate investigation into the murder of a veteran journalist, Hamisu Danjibga, a reporter for the Voice of Nigeria.

Reports said that the deceased was abducted by unknown persons a few days ago and was found dead three days after his disappearance.

“Government will spare no efforts to ensure that justice is served,” the Governor vowed in a statement on Thursday.

The statement signed by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said that, “the Zamfara State government received the shocking news of the abduction and subsequent brutal murder of Mallam Hamisu Danjibga, a veteran journalist and reporter with Voice of Nigeria (VON).

“The deceased family confirmed that Mallam Hamisu was declared missing a few days ago and was found dead three days after his disappearance.

“From preliminary reports, the veteran journalist was brutally killed and dumped in a soakaway not far from his house from where he was taken.

“The state government is fully committed to supporting the ongoing investigation.

“We understand the importance of bringing those responsible to justice and will spare no efforts to ensure justice is served.

“Furthermore, the government urges the public to provide security operatives with any valuable information that may lead to the swift apprehension of the criminals involved in this barbaric act.

“The Zamfara state government expresses its deepest sympathies to the immediate family, friends, professional colleagues and the Nigeria Union of Journalists for this irreplaceable loss.

“We pray that Allah forgives Mallam Hamisu of any shortcomings he may have had and grants him a place in Paradise.”