Journalists Killed  |  Nigeria

Eiphraim Audu

Nasarawa State Broadcasting Service

October 16, 2008, in Lafia, Nigeria

Unidentified gunmen shot Audu, a state radio journalist, outside his home in Lafia, central Nigeria, according to local journalists and the Nigerian Union of Journalists. Audu, who had just returned from a state function, briefly left his house to visit neighbors when he was ambushed. None of his belongings were stolen, said Shu'aibu Usman Leman, secretary of the journalists union.

Police did not identify suspects or a motive. Emeka Izeze, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, told CPJ that Audu was not controversial. Izeze said he knew of nothing that could have triggered an attack.

Audu was a senior radio journalist with the Nasarawa State Broadcasting Service and the chairman of the credential committee for the coming Nigeria Union of Journalist elections in Nasarawa. 

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.

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