Uduaghan,Kalu express outrage over killing of Newswatch editor



ObadinaDelta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed outrage at the brutal killing of Mr Toyin Obadina, who until his death was the Assistant Editor of Newswatch newspaper.
The governor described the death as most cruel giving that the late editor was killed by so called armed robbers, despite having cooperated and willingly surrendering valuables in his possession.
“This is a most cruel murder. Even in wartimes, you don’t kill a man who willingly surrenders. This is why I am particularly shocked by what these so called robbers. Why kill a man without any provocation? “, he asked.
Dr Uduaghan urged the police and other relevant security agencies to immediately step into the matter and bring the perpetrators to book, warning that such a heinous crime must not be allowed without the offenders being punished.
He praised the courage and commitment to duty by the deceased. While pointing out that the late Obadina was killed while returning from work. “You may say he died on active service “, he added.
The Delta State Governor prayed God to grant the publisher, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, editors and staff of the newspaper, the media and family of the late journalist the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, eminent businessman and publisher of Sun and New Telegraph newspapers, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has called for the speedy arrest of the killers of the Deputy Editor of Saturday Newswatch newspaper, Toyin Obadina.
Kalu, in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, said the only way to assuage in a little way the grievance of the media over the killing of one of its own was to speedily bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.
He said it was unthinkable that despite reports that Obadina gave the armed robbers all he had on him, they still went ahead to shoot him.
Kalu was quoted by Oyewumi to have said: “This is one killing that should see the police spring into action because here was a man who in the course of returning home after serving his fatherland through his profession, was shot for no justifiable reason.
“The police in Lagos State, the jurisdiction where Obadina was shot, and all over the country should ensure that justice is done in this case in order to assuage the grieving media family.
“Anything short of this would be a complete shame on the entire police force.”
Kalu commiserated with the Publisher of Newswatch, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim; the management and staff of Newswatch Communications Limited; the family of the deceased; the Nigerian Guild of Editors; the Nigeria Union of Journalists and all media practitioners over the death of Obadina.
Obadina was returning home from work in the wee hours of Saturday when he was accosted by armed robbers in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State and shot after handing over all his valuables.

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