Nigeria: NUJ seeks justice for national newspaper journalist assaulted by police

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The Union of Nigerian Journalists (NUJ) and Oyo State Council on Wednesday demanded justice from the state police command for the assault of The Nation newspaper reporter Yinka Adeniran during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary in Ibadan.

NUJ President Ademola Babalola regretted that the command officer who went too far and attacked the harmless journalist showed no remorse when the NUJ leadership asked why the journalist had been assaulted.

Babalola said such an uncivilized and vicious attack on Adeniran was condemnable and therefore demanded justice as the image of the said officer was trending on social media platforms and therefore the police should ensure that the officer be brought to justice.

Adeniran, a journalist attached to the office of the Governor of Oyo State, had pointed the finger at the said officer armed with an AK47 when the head of the NUJ sought to know what was wrong and why he had assaulted, beaten and tore the journalist’s shirt.

The reporter also received tear gas directly in the eyes, nose and mouth from the officers wearing the IO Niyi badge.

The incident took place during the PDP primary election between state governor Seyi Makinde and Mogaji Hazeem Gbolarumi. It was held at the Lekan Salami sports complex (tennis court pavilion).

It was understood that the trouble started after the reporter along with other colleagues returned to the scene after going to monitor the situation from the main location.

As they approached the entrance gate, journalists were again asked to identify themselves, which they complied with.

Journalists were asked to stay away from the allegation that there were too many journalists covering the event.

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