The Nation‘s Senior Crime Correspondent Precious Igbonwelundu has been named Best Investigative Crime Reporter in Nigeria by Security Watch Africa – an outfit for professional African security experts. She will receive the prize at the 15th Security Watch Africa (SWA) Awards, Conference and Exhibition, which will hold in Kigali, Rwanda from December 12 to 15.
Other categories of the award included security, governance, academic and industrial prizes.
The event being organised in partnership with Stellenbosch University will be personally hosted by Rwandan President, Mr Paul Kagame, at Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre in Kigali.
According to a letter signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Patrick Agbambu, and chairman of the Board of Trustees, General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (rtd), Igbonwelundu is being presented the prize for her intellectual disposition, intuitiveness and incisiveness in reporting security and safety issues in Nigeria.
The letter reads: “After a meticulous assessment of your official and personal drive for the provision of security and safety through deep-rooted investigative journalism in Nigeria, we write to convey to you the decision of the Africa Security Watch Awards’ Panel of Judges and the approval of the Board of Trustees to confer you the prestigious award as the Best Investigative Crime Reporter in Nigeria.”
Agbambu said the event would bring African scholars across the world together to discuss security and safety issues confronting the continent.
Since its inception in 2004 in Abuja, the body has been tackling issues bordering on security in Africa.