Hamisu Danjibga, a journalist hailing from Zamfara State in Northwest Nigeria, has been discovered dead in a soakaway behind his residence. The grim discovery came after Danjibga had gone missing earlier this week, leaving his family, colleagues, and the journalistic community in distress.
Hamisu Danjibga, a reporter associated with the Voice of Nigeria (VON), mysteriously disappeared, prompting a widespread search operation to locate him. However, the search came to a devastating conclusion when his lifeless body was found on Wednesday by a group of Islamic schoolchildren in the vicinity.
Hamisu Danjibga and NUJ
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) released an official statement on Thursday, confirming the unfortunate turn of events. The statement, signed by Ibrahim Gada, the Secretary of Zamfara NUJ, expressed deep sorrow and regret over the loss of their fellow journalist.
According to the statement, the distressing discovery of Danjibga’s remains was made when Islamic schoolchildren detected an unpleasant odor in the vicinity during the evening of Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Promptly, they alerted their teachers to the unsettling odor.
Following this alert, an investigation was launched, and it led to the grim revelation of Danjibga’s lifeless body submerged in a soakaway behind his residence. His identity was confirmed by his family members and neighbors.
The statement continued, “His funeral rites have since been observed according to Islamic injunctions.”
The Zamfara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists extended its deepest condolences to the grieving family, the Voice of Nigeria, and the entire Zamfara state. The council expressed profound concern over the circumstances surrounding Danjibga’s demise and called upon security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation to bring those responsible for this tragic act to justice.
The news of Hamisu Danjibga’s untimely and mysterious death serves as a somber reminder of the need for security and safety measures for journalists and media professionals operating in Nigeria, particularly in regions with ongoing security challenges.