IPC decries attacks on Punch Newspapers journalists, calls for immediate investigations

The International Press Centre (IPC) has decried the state of insecurity in Nigeria, saying, it has become “extremely worrisome”.

IPC” s recent concern is coming in the wake of attacks on two Abuja based journalists of Punch Newspapers; Amarachi Orjiude and Solomon Odeniyi.

Reports from the Punch Newspapers specified that Orjiude was picked up by kidnappers in Chika, Lugbe, around 12pm on Sunday while Odeniyi was robbed around 2am on Saturday in his Lugbe residence of Abuja.

Orjiude who faced death threats from the kidnappers was robbed of her money and phone, likewise, Odeniyi who was cut severally with a matchette by the robbers was also robbed of his phones, money and belongings.

The IPC through its Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, in a statement said, “The International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria is concerned about the recent attacks on two Abuja based journalists of Punch Newspapers; Amarachi Orjiude and Solomon Odeniyi.

Arogundade said, “the state of insecurity in the Country has become extremely worrisome.

He added that, “In a country where press freedom is under attack, journalists and media workers now face the additional threats of kidnappings and robbery attacks.

The Executive Director pleaded with security operatives and relevant authorities to, “thoroughly investigate the criminal attacks, and prosecute the perpetrators for their crimes as a step to reducing the worsening state of insecurity in Nigeria.

Adding that concerted efforts should be taken to ensure that the stolen belongings are returned.

“IPC therefore appeals to security operatives to escalate investigations into these crimes”, he stressed.

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