NEW YORK, 16 November 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) wants transparent and credible investigations into the death of journalist Onifade Emmanuel Pelumi, a reporter with the online Gboah TV broadcaster.
CPJ in a statement Monday said it wants Nigerian authorities to hold those responsible for his death to account.
The 20-year-old reporter was last seen alive on October 24 in custody of police officers in southwestern Lagos State. He had gone to cover an attempted robbery by unidentified youths at a government facility in the state capital, Ikeja.
One of Pelumi’s colleagues who was with him on the same assignment told his family and the management of the TV broadcaster for whom he worked that he saw Pelumi with an apparent gunshot wound in a jacket labeled with “press” being taken away by police officers along with some of the youths into a police van.
Police later admitted that one of those arrested with the youth had died in custody.
That person was Pelumi whose family followed police directives in order to identify his mortal remains at a mortuary.
CPJ quotes a text message of last November 11 from a spokesperson for the Lagos State police command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in which the latter told the New York-based organization that Pelumi’s death “had been reported to a new judicial panel of inquiry investigating allegations of police brutality”.