Journalists Killed  |  Nigeria

Fidelis Ikwuebe


April 18, 1999, in Anambra, Nigeria

Ikwuebe, a freelance journalist who contributed to the Lagos daily The Guardian, was abducted and murdered while covering violent clashes between the Aguleri and Umuleri communities in Anambra State. It was not clear who was responsible for Ikwuebe's death. According to local journalists, however, the state military administration at that time was very sensitive about news coverage of the fighting, which left several hundred people dead, and the environment was a dangerous one for journalists. Throughout the year, widespread communal fighting-including ethnic clashes and community feuds-killed many hundreds of civilians in different parts of the country.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Human Rights

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: Yes

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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