IGP beefs up security for media houses

By Post Nigeria April 28, 2015 15:44

IGP beefs up security for media houses

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Solomon E. Arase, has ordered tighter security measures around media houses nationwide, owing to the recent attacks on media outlets and journalists.

A statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel C. S. Ojukwu, reads:

    “The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Solomon E. Arase NPM, fdc is concerned about the recent attacks on the media houses, and journalists. He has therefore ordered water-tight security around media houses nationwide.

    “This is in line with the mandate of the Nigeria Police Force to protect lives and property of the citizenry under the law.

The IGP acknowledges the valuable roles of the media to the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria. The IGP further advices citizens to be more vigilant and proactive and to report any suspicious movement or persons to the Police promptly for appropriate action.”


This will be in reaction to the bomb blast at the Tao FM radio station in Kogi on Monday.

No fewer than five people were feared dead at the Tao FM radio station in Kuroko, Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State as some unknown men on Monday bombed the station.

The community radio station according to eyewitnesses was bombed at about 8pm on Monday.

Enenche Akogwu, 31, a reporter and video camera operator with independent broadcaster Channels TV, was shot sometime ago by unidentified gunmen as he attempted to interview witnesses of a deadly terrorist attack in Kano, capital of Kano State.

Alhaji Zakariya Isa, a journalist working for the Government-owned Nigerian Television Authority, was killed by gunmen who attacked him at his home in Maiduguri.

    “Zakariya was shot dead at his house in Bulunkutu Gomari by suspected Boko Haram this evening. We shall go to claim his body tomorrow for burial,” said Abba Kakami, the Borno State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ.

This may also be in reaction to threats leveled against the Voice of America media house, Radio France, Daily Trust, Guardian Newspapers, amongst others by the Boko Haram Islamic sect.