facebook
twitter
search
search

Radio staff in Nigeria arrested

Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Nigerian police said they arrested three staff members of a radio station for a broadcast that may have led to the killing of workers giving polio vaccinations.

Leadership Newspapers said Rabo Abdulkareem, a former director general of the Kano State censorship board, was also arrested.

Wazobia-FM allegedly aired a story about Abdulkareem refusing to allow polio workers into his house.

The staff also aired conflicting viewpoints on whether the polio vaccine was laced with chemicals that cause infertility and is, therefore, a way to reduce the population.

In the wake of the program, nine healthcare workers were killed last week in two shootings, Leadership Newspapers reported. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Kano police told the BBC the journalists would be charged with culpable homicide.

Nigeria is one of just three countries where polio is still endemic.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Texas man killed in apparent alligator attack
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe
Four accused in slave-labor trafficking ring on Ohio egg farm