Nigeria journos charged over polio killings
12 February 2013, 16:42
Kano - Police in northern Nigeria say they've arrested three
radio journalists over the killings of at least nine female polio vaccinators,
saying their on-air discussion about rumours around the vaccine sparked the
Kano state police commissioner Ibrahim Idris said on Tuesday
that the journalists, who work for Wazobia FM, will be charged with culpable
homicide over the killings on Friday. Officials with the radio station could
not be immediately reached for comment.
The radio station aired a programme last week, describing
how one of its journalists was manhandled by government officials as he
recorded a man refusing to allow his children to be vaccinated. The radio
program later discussed long-time rumours in Nigeria's predominantly Muslim
north that the vaccine sterilises young girls.
Nigeria is one of three countries where polio remains