NUJ condemns attack on Journalist by Kogi Governor’s security men

NUJ condemns attack on Journalist by Kogi Governor’s security men

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:25 pm

Gov. Yahaya Bello

The attack on a journalist in Akure, the Ondo State capital by security agents attached to Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has attracted strong condemnation from the Ondo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). The union in statement has demanded that the Governor should bear the medical bills for treating the brutalised journalist, Friday Osagie Otabor (of The Nation newspaper)

Bello was in Ondo State to conduct the state APC Governorship Primary election as Chairman of the electoral Committee when the assault occured

In a Press Statement signed by the state Chairman of the Union, Adetona Aderoboye and the State Secretary, Leke Adegbite, NUJ described the uncivilized action of the security men as barbaric and fall short of democratic tenets.

The Security operatives from Kogi state who are guarding Governor Yaya Bello had harassed and brutalised the journalist who was at the DOME, venue of the APC primary in Akure, the Ondo State capital to perform his statutory assignment

“Ondo NUJ views the attack on Otabor who was at the venue to interview the kogi governor when the brutish armed police men descended upon him despite showing them his identity card, as unacceptable and direct assault on the Nigeria’s media who were in the forefront of returning the country to civilian rule.

Although both the Kogi state and Ondo state Commissioners for Information as well as top security personnel at the venue had apologized to Otabor, Ondo NUJ charges Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the Inspector General of Police to call to order the security agents attached with the Kogi governor and train them on how to be civil in dealing with journalists and members of the public.

“We therefore demand payment of medical bill of the attacked journalist by the Kogi governor and the Nigeria police, while investigation should be carried out to identify the defaulting policemen for necessary punishments.

“The Pen Union also calls on other VIPs in the country coming to Ondo state for election or other assignments to always caution their security agents especially policemen against actions that can make caricature of the nation’s democracy before the global community

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