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Condemnations trail bombing of media houses

The bombing of some media houses in Abuja and Kaduna by the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram has been condemned by some Nigerians in Benin City.

Sharon Ajayi quotes the respondents as saying that the targeting of media houses by the sect for whatever reason is unwarranted and unjustifiable.

The bombing of the premises of Thisday Newspapers in Abuja and another in front of the building where Thisday, The Sun, and the Moment Newspapers have their offices in Kaduna by suicide bombers suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has been strongly condemned by Nigerians in Benin who including journalists.

The respondents described the attack on the Newspaper houses as unnecessary and a war waged on journalist from carry out their constitutional duty.

They frowned at the inability of the security agencies to rise to the occasion by checkmating the activities of the sect.

While calling on journalists not to be distracted from carrying out their constitutional duty. The respondents called on the federal government to find a lasting solution to the spate of insecurity in the country.

Also reacting, some journalists in Benin who include the Chairman, National Union of Journalist (NUJ), Edo State Council, Comrade Friday Obanor described the attack on media houses as an assault to the constitutional right to freedom of expression of the media, whose duty is to project the interest of the people.

The Boko Haram sect through its spokesperson, Abul Qaga said it attacked media houses in Abuja and Kaduna to send a message to the media that it would no longer condone reports misrepresenting it in the press or blaming if for acts it knows nothing about.

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