The International Press Centre, IPC, Nigeria has expressed its concern over the reported threats on the life of DAILY NIGERIAN publisher, Jaafar Jaafar.
Mr Jaafar had gone into hiding over threats to his life, after releasing video clips showing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano receiving hard currencies suspected to be bribe payments by a public contractor.
The IPC, in a statement signed on Friday by its Program Officer, Melody Lawal, condemned the crackdown on Mr Jaafar.
The media watchdog, therefore, called on the Nigerian government and security agencies to ensure that Mr Jaafar is not harmed in anyway.
The statement quoted the IPC Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade, as saying, “We are deeply worried about the situation of Jaafar and hereby call on the Nigerian government and the security agencies to ensure that he is not harmed in anyway.”
“We enjoin anyone who may be aggrieved over the reports of the journalist to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted following the due process of the law, Mr Arogundade said further.
“IPC believes the time has come to stop attacks on journalists in Nigeria, so that the country would stop being counted among dangerous zones for journalists to practice across the world,” the statement added.