On January 7, 2024, a Lagos-based broadcast journalist, Mr. Adeniyi Kunnu raised alarm over threats to his life and members of his family by an unknown person.
Mr. Kunnu reported that for decades, he had received sundry disaffections from some people who listened to him on the radio or watched him on television, being a media professional.
He said recently, he has faced such a barrage of threats that he could no longer dismiss them as mere occupational hazards of journalism adding that the situation had become critical enough for him to seek intervention and protection.
The journalist revealed that on November 27 and December 8, 2023, Mr. Victor Obot Archibong, a fellow broadcast journalist, was accosted by two men who inquired about his [Adeniyi] whereabouts, assuming he was associated with the media outfit where Victor works. He said a similar incident occurred on December 28 and 30, 2023, when Mr. Nicholas Anyamene, another media colleague, reported that individuals had visited his workplace asking about him.
Furthermore, Mr. Adeniyi disclosed that on December 1, 4, and 13, 2023, colleagues informed him that unidentified persons had made inquiries about him, expressing dissatisfaction with his outspokenness on his weekly broadcasts.
He added that he has also received threatening emails from an unknown individual who goes by the name Ibrahim Mohammed on December 25 and 29, 2023, the contents of which imply knowledge of his and a family member’s whereabouts.
These developments had left him completely worried, especially for the safety of his immediate and extended family members.