By: Abang Mercy
Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, the chairman and founder of the attacked Nigerian newspaper THISDAY, has said that the attacks carried out today on three (3) Nigerian Newspapers was an attack on Journalism.
Mr. Nduka made the assertion today, at the ongoing South South Summit held in Delta State less than five (5) hours to the attacks by a suicide bomber at the THISDAY office in Jabi, Abuja and the Kaduna Bureau office which left about 16 dead and others seriously injured.
The founder of THISDAY newspapers noted ”Today Nigerian journalism was attacked, but the truth will not be cowered”.
THISDAY newspapers, one of the largest and most influential media brands in Africa was today attacked by a suicide bomber at about 11am at the Abuja and Kaduna Bureau offices. The bomber rammed his vehicle into the premises of This Day newspaper office. The bomb blast destroyed the office including printing equipment and official vehicles parked at the premises.
A combined team of security operatives and emergency rescue official s were on hand to evacuate the injured. Red Cross and Fire service staff were seen picking body pieces into body bags.
Meanwhile the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ has said while inspecting the damage that “Its a most unfortunate incident, since journalist report both sides of the coin; we will evaluate the situation for future reportage” he asserted.
Article first published on Citizensplatform