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MRA to FG: Investigate death of TV reporter

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Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged the Federal Government to launch a transparent and independent investigation into the death of Mr. Pelumi Onifade, a reporter with Gboah TV, an online television channel, who was reportedly arrested by officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force while covering the #EndSARS protests, and was later found dead at a mortuary in Ikorodu, Lagos, where his body was deposited.

MRA’s Programme Director, Mr. Ayode Longe said the 20-year-old Onifade was covering the scene of a mob raid on a government facility in the Oko Oba area of Agege Local Government for Gboah TV, when operatives of the task force stormed the scene and engaged hoodlums who attempted to loot palliatives at the Ministry of Agriculture store.

Despite wearing a jacket identifying him as a journalist, he was reportedly arrested and dragged away by men of the task force on October 24, 2020.

A statement by Gboah TV said the family and the station searched for him for days before they discovered his corpse at the mortuary in Ikorodu. The late Mr. Onifade was a second year student of the Department of History at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, and Ogun State.

Longe added that “Mr. Onifade’s death is one too many and is particularly ironic as he was arrested while covering protests that had engulfed the country as a result of police brutality and extra-judicial killings. This latest incident must not go uninvestigated. The Federal Government must make every effort to establish the circumstances of his death, identify his killers and make them to face the wrath of the law.”

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