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IPC condemns police attack on The Guardian reporter

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The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned police brutality against The Guardian Reporter, Eniola Daniel, in Lagos while performing his duty.

A statement by IPC, yesterday, said that information of the police unwarranted brutality collated by the IPC Journalist Safety Alert Desk, described the inhumane treatment of the Nigeria Police Force as unacceptable.

The media group stated that the police physically and mentally assaulted Daniel while covering the activities of a government taskforce along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway on Sunday.

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Specifically, the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said: “This incessant action or excessive use of force against journalists and civilians is dangerous to our democracy and a major threat to press freedom. Such acts of brutality also violate the fundamental human rights of the journalist.

“Eniola Daniel’s personal belongings and working tools were destroyed and vandalised during the unfortunate incident.”

Executive Director of IPC, who urged men of the Nigeria Police Force to be mindful of events around the world and not continually create an environment where journalists would be afraid to work and discharge their duties effectively and efficiently, further said: “IPC, therefore, calls on the authorities at the Nigeria Police Force to take adequate and swift measures to bring to book those who violated the journalist and put in place machinery to compensate Eniola Daniel for the inhumane treatment.

“We also call on the Nigeria Police Force to step up the training of its officers to be more respectful and courteous while discharging their duties. They should be reminded constantly that the primary responsibility of the police is the protection of citizens, including journalists and every other civilians.”

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