SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Nigerian journalists arrested for inciting violence against vaccinators

Three Nigerian journalists were recently arrested for inciting violence only days before gunmen murdered nine vaccination healthcare workers.

The journalists, who work at a popular radio station, said that polio vaccinations were part of an anti-Islam Western conspiracy to create infertile Muslim women. The healthcare workers had recently ended a four-day polio vaccination campaign in Kano State, according to Reuters.

Kano Police Chief Ibrahim Idris confirmed that three journalists from Wazobia FM were detained for making the comments and inciting violence.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but many suspect that Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group, is involved. The group has condemned Western education and carried out attacks in Kano city in the past.

Nigerian police said that eight workers were shot in the early morning at a clinic in Kano, the state capital. Either two or three of the workers were killed. Two gunman then set fire to the clinic, locked the doors and left.

"We summoned our courage and broke the door because we realized they wanted to burn us alive," a survivor of the attack said, the New York Times reports.

An hour later the second clinic was attacked across town.