Hamisu Danjibga, a journalist in Zamfara who went missing for three days, has been found dead in a soakaway behind his house.
Danjibga worked as a reporter with the Voice Of Nigeria (VON). Ibrahim Ahmad, secretary of the Zamfara chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), announced the development in a statement shared with journalists.
Ahmad said school pupils who passed by, raised an alarm over an unpleasant odour, which led to the digging of the soakaway where his body was found.
“Zamfara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists regrets to announce the death of Hamisu Danjibga, a reporter with the Voice of Nigeria (VON) whose body was found in a soakaway behind his house three days after missing,” the statement reads.
“The discovery of his corpse was as result of an unpleasant odour observed by Islamiya children in the evening of Wednesday 20th September, 2023 who drew the attention of their teachers.
“After breaking the soakaway, the dead body was confirmed to be that of Danjibga by his family and some neighbors. His funeral rites have since been observed according to Islamic injunctions.
“The union extends its heartfelt condolence to the family, Voice of Nigeria and entire Zamfara state.”
The NUJ secretary also appealed to security agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.