By Prudence Arobani The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a U.S.-based journalists’ rights and press freedom marketing campaign organisation, has profiled the police assault of Mrs Taiye Edeni of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The journalists’ defence organisation stated the incident occurred at Kaduna on Jan. four, 2017, including that Enemaku Ojochigbe of the African Independent Television (AIT) was additionally a sufferer of the assault by a personnel of the police.
“Nigerian police on January four, 2018, denied at the very least 10 journalists entry to the general public commissioning of a dry port in Nigeria’s northwestern Kaduna state.
“And then assaulted at the very least two of the reporters, in keeping with accounts type the 2 reporters, Enemaku Ojochigbe and Taye Edeni, and the Daily Trust newspaper.
“Nigerian police initially instructed journalists there was not sufficient seating on the occasion to accommodate all of them, Ojochigbe, who works for the privately owned African Independent Television (AIT) community Raypower FM, instructed CPJ.
“Ojochigbe stated he tried to elucidate to the police that the journalists didn’t require seating, and confirmed police his media accreditation. The journalist stated his efforts to barter had been unsuccessful.
“The Nigerian transportation ministry representative who was leading the group of journalists was also unsuccessful in negotiating their access, despite stressing that they were accredited to cover the event, Adeni, who works for the state-run News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), told CPJ.”
It quoted Edeni as saying: “From nowhere an armed police officer (then) started shouting that he will start pushing everyone if we don’t get away from the gate”.
CPJ stated the 2 journalists confirmed that police pushed Ojochigbe, inflicting his head to strike Edeni within the eye.
Edeni instructed CPJ that “both the head of the journalist he (the police officer) pushed and the hit from the officer landed on my face.”
According to the organisation, the assault triggered Edeni’s eye to swell and bleed, including, the NAN reporter stated she recognised the safety personnel who assaulted her.
“The journalists had been additionally threatened with tear fuel, in keeping with Ojochigbe and media reviews.
“Edeni instructed CPJ that Jimoh Moshood, Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, and Muhammad Baba Busu, the media aide to the Inspector-General, contacted her and apologised for the assault.
“During the calls, authorities promised to seek out the officer who pushed Ojochigbe and pay for Edeni’s medical payments.
“Edeni told CPJ on Jan. 11, 2017, that authorities had not yet told if they had identified the officer, and had not paid her medical expenses,” it stated.
The journalists’ group stated upon his return to Abuja, a consultant for the Inspector-General equally contacted Ojochigbe to apologise and instructed him assembly could be scheduled with the police to debate the incident.
It stated, nevertheless, that as of Jan. 11, 2017, no date or time had been set, in keeping with Ojochigbe.
“Moshood and Busu did not answer CPJ’s repeated phone calls,” the organisation stated.