Haruna Mohammed Salisu, writer of WikkiTimes, a web-based information platform, and his household have been threatened following the publication of an investigative report exposing how Yakubu Dogara, a former speaker of the House of Representative and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) squandered N1 billion constituency faculty challenge.
The investigation revealed that the previous Speaker squandered N1 billion allotted to constructing mannequin faculties in Bauchi South Federal Constituency.
The writer mentioned “At about 3: 27 pm, my younger brother called me and told me that some three men in Peugeot 406 with a covered number plate came to my house and were asking for my whereabouts.
“He told them that I have travelled, and they asked if he was aware of a ‘damaging’ story I did about Yakubu Dogara, he told them that he was not aware of anything.
“They told him to tell me that since I have done my own; I should wait for their own.”
The story which detailed how the previous Speaker falls brief in delivering the mannequin faculty challenge additionally unearthed how the contractors who had been awarded the contracts shortchanged a number of communities billed to learn from the challenge.
The threats got here hours after a gaggle, Dogara Digital Media Support Team wrote and circulated a purported rejoinder debunking WikkiTimes’ Investigation.
The newest risk to the writer is coming simply 3 months after an identical risk was issued to him following an investigationwhich detailed how Makkah Eye Clinic, owned by Saudi Arabia Albasar International Foundation, deviated from its creed of reasonably priced healthcare and resorted to charging shoppers thrice the quantity in comparable non-public establishments.
The Committee to Protect JCPJ has reported that Nigeria is likely one of the nations the place journalists are unsafe. According to CPJ, between 1992 to 2021, not less than 24 Nigerian journalists have both died or acquired lacking whereas doing their jobs.