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Journalists killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria is about the impact the Boko Haram has had on journalists in Nigeria where at least 600 have been killed and others have been detained. The United Nations has established a plan of action for the safety of journalists to raise awareness and to provide practical steps in creating a safe work environment for journalists. [1]

Sunday Gyang Bwede and Nathan S. Dabak[edit]

Sunday Gyang Bwede

In Jos, two reporters for a Christian newspaper, Sunday Gyang Bwede and Nathan S. Dabak were killed by a Muslim mob April 24, 2010.[2][3]Bwede and Dabak were both journalist for the monthly newspaper of Church of Christ in Nigeria. Dabak, 36, and Bwede, 39, were attacked and stabbed by young Muslim extremists while on their way to a cover story for The Light Bearer Newspaper. They were to interview National Parliamentarian Bitrus Kaze about the recent deadly and frequent violence between Muslims and Christians. The alleged reason for the attack was the discovery of a slain fellow Muslim at a nearby church called Katdapba Gobum earlier that day. The Light Bearer Newspaper has appealed to the security agency, especially the Special Task Force (SAPS), to carry out a thorough investigation on the killings.

Edo Sule Ugbagwu[edit]

Ugbagwu was killed the same weekend[4][5] On Saturday, April 24, a few days after the murders of Dabak and Bwede, 42 year old, Edo Sule Ugbagwu of The Nation Newspaper was found dead at his residence in Shasha, Lagos. A gun shot wound to the head from a close range is said to be the cause of death. At the time of death, he was with his younger brother. Ugbagwu was a mass communications and english graduate of Ado Bayero University. He previously worked for the late Comet Newspaper, and joined The Nation on July 31, 2006. He was in the area for a press briefing organized by the Nigerian Bar Association and fellow colleagues stated that he participating very actively in the briefing, asking questions and prompting discussion. The motives behind his murder are still unknown.

Zakariya Isa[edit]

Maiduguri is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 11°50′N 13°09′E / 11.833°N 13.150°E / 11.833; 13.150
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State Borno State

Zakariya Isa (1970? - 22 October 2011) was killed in Maiduguri, October 22, 2011. He was the first known journalist killed by Boko Haram as the organization claimed responsibility in his case.[6] He worked for the government owned, Nigerian Television Authority. He was attacked by a gunman at his home and shot in the head several times. The Boko Haram openly admitted to his slain, stating, "we will not hesitate to kill anyone who steps on our toes." They believed that Isa was an informant for the Nigerian Securities Agency and has been spying on them for several weeks. A spokesperson for the Boko Haram stated in an interview, "we killed him not because he was a journalist, but for his personal misconduct."


Reuters: [6]

CNN: [7]

The Guardian (UK): [8]


Africa News: [10]

CPJ: [11]

Nansok Sallah[edit]

Death of Nansok Sallah
Part of Nigerian Sharia conflict
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Location Mubi, Yola, Gombi and Maiduguri (5–6 January)
Kano, Nigeria (20 January)
Date 5–6 and 20 January, 2012 (UTC+01:00)
Target Christian churches and businesses (5–6 January)
Police stations, immigration offices and State Security Services' local branch office (20 January)
Attack type
Deaths 37+ (5–6 January)[12]
185 (20 January) [13]
Non-fatal injuries
unknown (5–6 January)
at least 57 (20 January)
Perpetrator Boko Haram

Sallah worked at Plateau State Radio and Television and Cool FM in Abuja before joining Highland FM radio, which is a government-owned station in Jos. Sallah was the news editor and he produced a weekly call-in radio program called "Highland Profile."[14] His body was found on January 19, 2012 in a stream under a bridge on the Zaramagada-Rayfield Road, two hundred meters away from a military checkpoint. Sallah was 46 years old at the time of his murder and was from Langtang, Nigeria. No bruises were found on his body, but a wound to his right ear was present. No witnesses to the murder have come forward. The motive is still unknown, however, the murder preceded deadly attacks by a Nigerian Terrorist group.

The Guardian (UK): [15]

Reuters: [12]

Sky News: [13]


CTV News: [17]

Digicast Magazine: [18]

CPJ: [19]

CPJ: [20]

Enenche Akogwu[edit]

Covering the aftermath of coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria, Enenche Akogwu was gunned down by the Boko Haram on 20 January 2012.[21]

Enenche Akogwu was born in Aiodio, in the southeastern state of Benue. He graduated from Benue State University in 2004 and then joined Channels Television as a reporter, where he worked in Abuja for two years before being promoted to correspondent for the city of Kano.[22]

Enenche Akogwu was a journalist for two years at Channels Television, but was later stationed in Kano as a correspondent. He had won the Channels Television's 2011 Chairman's award.[23]


  • Sunday Trust: [24]
  • Daily Trust: [10]
  • freemedia: [25]
  • Independent (UK): [26]
  • West Africa Democracy Radio: [27]
  • Daily Post (Nigeria): [28]
  • Digicast Magazine: [29]


Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden", is an insurgent movement that is based in the northeast of Nigeria . The organization was found by Mohammad Yusuf in 20012. Their aim is to put a stop to what they deem "Westernization" and create a pure Islamic state. They are known for targeting Christians, government officials, churches, schools and even police stations. Murders linked to the insurgency estimate around 10,000 total deaths. United States miitary leaders believe that the Boko Harum is linked to the Al-Queda and the Talaban.

Government's response: Goodluck Jonathan's order: [35]


The Boko Haram has killed several journalists under different circumstances ...

Other attacks on journalists:

  • Bombing of office of the This Day newspaper, Abuja
  • Bombing of office of the This Day, The Sun, and The Moment newspapers, Kaduna[36]


WAN-IFRA called for an immediate and thorough investigation of the murders and stated, "that it is the duty of the state to provide an environment in which journalists are able to carry out their professional duties without fear of violence."[37]

Irina Bokova, who is director-general of UNESCO, said, “I condemn the murder of Zakariya Isa and call on the authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” the Director-General said. “Free and independent media play an essential part in informing the open debate that is the cornerstone of democracy and good governance. Journalists cannot fulfil this role if they themselves are the targets of violence and intimidation.”[38]

“I denounce the murder of Nansok Sallah and Enenche Akogwu” the Director-General said. “This crime constitutes a serious attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression and press freedom. I call on the Nigerian authorities to investigate these killings. Journalists must be supported in their mission to sustain informed public debate in the interest of democracy and rule of law.” [39]</ref>

CPJ Statement: "We mourn the death of Nansok Sallah, and extend our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues," said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita. "Authorities in Jos must pursue all leads in tracking his killer, and bring those responsible to justice." [20]

Highland FM general Manager Terzungwe Wua described Sallah as a "cool-headed man who did his job diligently.[18]

See also[edit]


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  9. ^ "Nigerian journalist shot dead / Islamist group claims responsibility". APO. 25 October 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Nigeria: Terrorist gang attacks Kaduna". Africa News. Leadership (Abuja). 24 October 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Africa1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
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  12. ^ a b "Christians flee attacks in northeast Nigeria". Reuters. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Sky News, ed. (23 January 2012). "Nigeria: More Bombs Found As Death Toll Rises". Sky News. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Bello, Ibrahim. "Investigate Jos journalist's death - CPJ". Daily Times (Nigeria). Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "2 journalists killed in Nigeria amid unrest". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "... And Nansok Sallah is killed in Jos". Sunday Trust. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Officials count 143 killed in north Nigeria sect attacks". Associated Press. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Two broadcast journalists killed in separate incidents in Northern Nigeria.". Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Nansok Sallah". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Nigerian journalist killed; colleagues suspect murder". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Nigerian reporter murdered while covering bombings". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  22. ^ "TV reporter gunned down while covering Kano suicide bombings - Reporters Without Borders". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  23. ^ "ChannelsTV Reporter Shot Dead In Kano". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  24. ^ "Journalists, stay alive to report the dangerous assignment". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  25. ^ Hunt, Naomi. "Nigeria Journalist Killed in Kano Terror Attack: IPI Nigeria Mourns "Courageous Journalist Who Died in the Line of Duty"". Public Statements by International Press Institute. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  26. ^ Jim Armitage (2013-05-03). "Voices in Danger: Nigeria - One man pays the ultimate price for reporting on the frontline between the military and extremists - Comment - Voices". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  27. ^ "Nigerian Journalists paying the ultimate price-story of Enenche". WADR. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  28. ^ Godwin, Comrade (2013-01-27). "Ameh Comrade Godwin: One year after: Enenche Akogwu, forgotten so soon? - DailyPost Nigeria - DailyPost Nigeria". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  29. ^ Sun, Jan 22, 2012 (2012-01-22). "Kano blasts: Pres. Jonathan, Govs. Commiserate with Channels TV | - Magazine that makes broadcast sense". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  30. ^ Express, Entertianment. "Entertainment Express Nigeria • Enenche Akogwu: Murdered at the Farm centre | Blog". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  31. ^ Emmanuel Aziken (2012-01-25). "Enenche: The grief for a young patriot - Vanguard News". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  32. ^ Dada, Paul (2012-01-29). "Nigeria: Enenche Akogwu - A Case for Improved Welfare (Page 1 of 3)". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  33. ^ "Enenche Akogwu". Committee to Protect Journalists. January 20, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Journalist killed while covering terrorist bombings". IFEX. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  35. ^ "Boko Haram: Now, 20 years jail for journalists". date=June 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  36. ^ "Nigeria: Boko Haram Wages War On Journalists". June 8, 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  37. ^ "Press Freedom". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  38. ^ "Director-General condemns murder of Nigerian journalist Zakariya Isa and calls for an investigation". UNESCO. 28 October 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  39. ^ Source: Unescopress (2012-01-25). "Director-General condemns murder of Nigerian journalists Nansok Sallah and Enenche Akogwu | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization". Retrieved 2013-10-30. 

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