The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) is deeply saddened by the tragic murder of Yusuf Mubaarak, a 27-year-old journalist in Kwara State. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Mubaarak’s family, friends, and the entire youth constituencies of Kwara State who mourn the loss of this promising young talent.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Yusuf Mubaarak are both shocking and deeply concerning. As reported, Mr. Mubaarak, a new media personality from Ilorin, had gone missing on the 13th of September only for his lifeless body to be discovered in the Unity Road area of the state capital on the 16th of September.
This loss has sent shockwaves through the media sphere and highlights the need for swift and thorough investigations.
We appreciate Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s swift response to this tragedy and his call for a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Mubaarak’s death. The demand for justice and accountability is paramount, and we urge the security agencies to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of the truth behind this drastic act.
Journalists, like Mr. Mubaarak, play a vital role in our society by advocating for justice, good governance, and the free flow of information.. It is essential that their safety and security are guaranteed as they continue to serve as watchdogs of democracy.
The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom calls for a swift, impartial, and transparent investigation into the murder of Yusuf Mubaarak to ensure those responsible are swiftly brought to justice, increased security measures to protect journalists and citizens in Kwara State from the rising threats of cult violence and other criminal activities.
We join all concerned stakeholders in demanding justice for Yusuf Mubaarak. We hope that the truth behind this tragic loss will emerge and that his family and loved ones may find solace.
The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) is a group of media and civil society organisations committed to upholding good governance and democracy by protecting the ethos of whistleblowing, freedom of expression and press freedom.
Daily Trust Newspaper
International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR)
Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ)
Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID)
African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL)
Civic Media Lab
Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC)
International Press Centre (IPC)
International Press Institute (IPI)
Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)
HEDA Resources Centre.