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Nigerian journalist beaten to death

world Updated: May 06, 2010 13:48 IST

A Nigerian journalist was beaten to death after a deadly blow on his head from a person said to have provoked an argument with him.

Jerry Usanga, a cameraman with Channels Television in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State in South Eastern Nigeria, had gone to a bar with some friends on Tuesday when an argument ensued.

He later discontinued the squabble and decided to walk home but unknown to him, he was trailed by someone who hit him on the head making him to slump and die.

Usang's wife, Rose, told newsmen, "I called him about five times and no one picked. After a while somebody called back with his phone. It was a strange voice. I thought it was one of his colleagues. He said he was a taxi man.

I said the phone was my husband's own and then the person told me to come and carry my husband's body, and that he has been knocked down by a vehicle close to the Nigerian Television Authority along the highway. I was shocked and started crying."

A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Calabar, Abdulkarim Dauda, confirmed the incident and said investigations into the issue has begun.