Rel­a­tives go wild, at­tempt to lynch two jour­nal­ists over death of hus­band, wife, three chil­dren in Benue


The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA - From Joseph Wantu, Makurdi

TWO jour­nal­ists, Mrs. Rose Ejembi of The Sun and John Charles of Punch news­pa­pers, yes­ter­day es­caped death by the whiskers in their at­tempt to gather fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from fam­i­lies, col­leagues and other rel­a­tives of a housewife, the late Mrs. Rachael Adet­sav, who al­legedly killed her hus­band, three chil­dren be­fore stab­bing her­self to death last Fri­day.

The ugly in­ci­dent would have hap­pened again af­ter the two jour­nal­ists vis­ited the res­i­dence of the de­ceased fam­ily, the school of the de­ceased chil­dren, and had gone to Makurdi lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­re­tariat where both hus­band and wife were work­ing be­fore their death. While at the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­re­tariat, some of the de­ceased col­leagues and friends spoke with the re­porters, in­form­ing them that the fam­ily of the late Ni­cholas Adet­sav were at the sec­re­tariat but in a meet­ing with of­fi­cials of the Nige­rian Union of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NULGE).

Af­ter a pa­tient wait, the re­porters spoke with the NULGE sec­re­tary, Com­rade Mandu Ig­ber. On sight­ing the two women who were iden­ti­fied as fam­ily mem­bers of Adet­sav, the re­porters walked up to them and sought to have au­di­ence with them not know­ing that they would be at­tacked.

Ac­cord­ing to one of the at­tacked re­porters, "as we ap­proached them and on dis­cov­er­ing that we were jour­nal­ists, one of the women flared up and started ac­cus­ing all jour­nal­ists of writ­ing rub­bish about her fam­ily with­out con­sult­ing them. To this we urged her to calm down say­ing we came to them now to hear their own side of the story since it was the po­lice that first broke the news to the pub­lic in Makurdi."

In a twin­kle of an eye, the fam­ily mobbed the two re­porters and went ahead to dis­pos­sess the Punch re­porter of his gad­get while they were try­ing to es­cape the mob ac­tion. It took the in­ter­ven­tion of some coun­cil work­ers who whisked the Sun re­porter away through a win­dow, while the fam­ily held the Punch cor­re­spon­dent hostage.

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