On Sunday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) presented the “Investigative Reporter of The Year” Award to Nnaemeka Wondrous, a journalist from THE WHISTLER, currently heading the Law and Judiciary Desk. According to Barrister Dahiru Sajo Bobbo, Chairman of the Award Committee, the recognition aims to inspire journalists who are also human rights defenders to push boundaries in promoting freedom of expression and expanding civic space.
During the Dinner and Award night event in Maitama Abuja, the NHRC highlighted Wondrous’s adherence to their investigative criteria, emphasizing his unique contributions as the sole online nominee. The reporter, known for his meticulous attention to detail, demonstrated an independent approach aligning with the Commission’s commitment to promoting and safeguarding human rights throughout the year.
Wondrous’s dedication to capturing all facets of human rights stories, along with his skillful use of investigative journalism, sets him apart. The NHRC emphasized his commitment to incorporating the 5Ws and H in his reports, even if it means filing stories at the last moment. His headlines were commended for reflecting the Commission’s independence.
During the event, Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the NHRC, acknowledged the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). He praised the efforts of human rights defenders, civil society organizations, labor unions, women’s groups, Nigerian youths, and students. Ojukwu urged governments at all levels to prioritize respecting, protecting, and fulfilling human rights in budgetary, policy, legislative, and programmatic activities.
Highlighting the UDHR’s significance, Ojukwu stressed the need for human rights-based approaches to address Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges. He urged the government to prioritize the security and welfare of Nigerians above personal, partisan, ethnic, and religious interests.
Sources:- The Whistler Newspaper