Oyo NUJ, IPC condemn alleged harassment of journalist, seek justice
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, yesterday chided the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and other officers of the Eleyele Division of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over alleged assault on General Manager of Jamz 100.1 FM in Ibadan, Mr. Tony Awobode.
The Guardian gathered that Awobode, popularly called Don Tee, was riding a power-bike along Alesinloye area of the city when the DPO allegedly claimed the journalist bike hit his car side mirror and descended heavily on him, forcefully took him away and detained him for hours in their facility.
Narrating his ordeal to the NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola, the victim said: “It was a case of arbitrary use of naked power.”
Babalola, who was taken aback by the whole development, urged the state Police Commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko, to probe the matter with a view of getting justice for the assaulted journalist.
BUT reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Adewale Osifeso, said he would update The Guardian on the step the command would take on the matter.He, however, said the matter was not reported officially since it happened.
SIMILARLY, the International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned the attack on Awobode.
In a statement, yesterday, the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, expressed shock “over yet another police brutality against a media professional and the unending nightmares such acts continue to constitute for the media in Nigeria.”
“The highhanded and uncivilised manner in which some elements in the Nigeria Police handle issues with journalists represents nothing but the continuing gross violation of their fundamental human rights,” he stated.
The IPC, therefore, demanded that “all the perpetrators of the attack be fished out and prosecuted in addition to the payment of adequate compensation and settlement of the medical bills of the victim.”