Tuesday, 25 October 2011

News Report: “We Killed Journalist For Spying” Says Boko Haram

Boko Haram yesterday claimed responsibility for the murder of a Nigerian Television Authority(NTA) cameraman and news reporter.
The cameraman and news reporter Mr. Zakariyya Isa was killed last Saturday at his residence after leaving a mosque in Maiduguri, capital city of Borno state. Maiduguri is Boko Haram’s headquarters.
The message by the group’s spokesman stated that the NTA journalist was not killed by mistake as speculated.
The message, chidi opara reports learned, emphatically stated that Mr. Zakariyya was killed because he was spying on the group.
Boko Haram also said that they have evidence of the late journalist’s spying activities for security agencies.
It would however be noted that the NTA and the State Security Service(SSS) have earlier debunked this allegation.
The statement, which chidi opara reports learned was written in Hausa, further stated that the Islamic sect did not kill the man because he was a journalist.
The message ended with a threat that Boko Haram would kill anybody that stepped on its toes.