by Sampa Bolaji
Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnati Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, the group more popular as Boko Haram have confirmed that are behind the murder of Zakariyya Isa, who was before his death a reporter with the Nigeria Television Authority’s (NTA) Maiduguri Network Centre.
This clears up earlier speculations that the reporter was a victim of ‘mistaken identity’. The group said Zakariyya was killed because he was acting as an informant of security agencies. This is the first time that a journalist will be killed since the beginning of the violence in Maiduguri, but Abul-Qaqa, spokesman of the group said the killing was ‘carefully planned and executed.’
“We have ample evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he was giving vital information to security agencies on our modus-operandi. We investigated thoroughly before we killed him,” Abul-Qaqa explained. “He gave information to security agents that led to the arrest of many of our members.” He added, “We sent him a text and told him that we would visit him. We killed him not because he was a journalist, but because of his personal misconduct. His actions were against the ethics of his profession.
“And I want to tell you that we have no grudge against journalists that are working in line with the professional provisions of their work. Whenever they misquote or misrepresent our position, we normally call them and tell them to correct the error,”
Zakariyya worked with the NTA as a cameraman and Hausa translator before he was shot in front of his house at Bulunkutu area of Maiduguri on Saturday night. Witnesses said two gunmen walked into the house and shot him in the head and chest before they escaped. The Yobe State indigene is survived by his wife and children.