KANO, Nigeria: Three Nigerian journalists have been arrested for inciting violence by saying on a radio show that polio immunisations were an anti-Islam Western conspiracy, just days before health workers administering the vaccines were killed.
Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead the nine health workers in two separate attacks in Nigeria’s main northern city of Kano on Friday.
No one claimed responsibility but Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a sect that has condemned the use of Western education, has been blamed for carrying out a spate of assaults on security forces in the city.
Kano Police Chief Ibrahim Idris told Reuters today three journalists from Wazobia FM had been detained after they said on their show on Wednesday that immunisation against polio was anti-Islam and a Western conspiracy to cause infertility in women.
Some influential Muslim leaders in Kano openly oppose the vaccinations for the same reasons.