By Emem Idio YENAGOA—Nigeria Association of Women
Journalists, NAWOJ, Bayelsa State chapter, and
the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, have condemned the
murder of Mr Famous Giobaro, a journalist with
Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation by
gunmen on Sunday. A statement by the chairperson of NAWOJ, Maria
Olodi-Osumah and Secretary, Grace Ita-Amagbe,
said the news came as a shock to the association,
regretting that death took Famous away in his
prime when the pen profession was yet to fully
savour his contributions. “Famous Giobaro who was a staff of the Bayelsa
State Broadcasting Corporation, as we all know,
was hardworking, dedicated to duty and a
dependable alley. The vacuum created by his
death will be difficult to fill. “We pray God to grant the family and members of
the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, the courage
and strength to overcome the loss. We also call on
the security agencies to ensure thorough
investigation with a view to bringing the
perpetrators of this dastardly act to book,” NAWOJ said. IYC, in a statement by its factional spokesperson,
Henry Iyalla, said: “The murder was an attempt to
intimidate and silence the voice of dedicated
journalists, who seek true information and expose
the hidden actions of mischief makers in society.” Iyalla said: “We totally condemn this dastardly act
of men of the underworld and call on the
Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris and
all security agencies to quickly commence the
process of a thorough investigation with the aim of
bringing the perpetrators to book and ensure that justice is served as well as a deterrent to future
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