At least 7 Nigerian journalists in the country have reportedly died in the last 7 days.
The journalists, who were staff of different media organizations in Nigeria, reportedly died from complications suffered from diverse ailments.
On the list are Dan Foster (Cool FM, Inspiration FM, City FM and Classic FM), Hugo Odiogor (former Editor at the Vanguard), Xavier Ndayongmong (Crime Editor at Daily Independent), Nkiruka Udoh (Crime and Defence Correspondent at AIT), Naomi Uzor (Business Desk at the Vanguard), Aramide Praise Oikelome (the Media Project and Independent Newspapers), and Azeez Ozi Sanni (Cartoonist at The Nation).
Dan Foster’s death was announced on June 17 via different social media platforms. His wife, Lovina, later confirmed that he was tested for the COVID-19 and the result came back positive on Tuesday and he died on Wednesday.
Foster worked with Cool FM, Inspiration FM, City FM, Classic FM 97.3, among others.
Another journalist, Nkiruka Udoh, a Crime and Defence Correspondent at the Africa Independent Television was said to have died of complications from fibroid operation.
A correspondent on the Business Desk at the Vanguard Newspaper, Naomi Uzor, was also reported to have died from complications related to high blood pressure.
Also, Azeez Sanni, who was a Cartoonist at The Nation Newspaper was among the journalists that died in the last seven days. A source close to him said he had been battling with a liver problem before his eventual death
Other journalists, who died in the last seven days but the nature of their deaths could not be ascertained were Xavier Ndayongmong, the Crime Editor at Daily Independent; Hugo Odiogor, a former Editor at Vanguard and Aramide Oikelome of the Media Project and Independent Newspapers, The Punch reports.