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Brutality Against Journalists: Borrow A Leaf From Saner Climes, Security Agencies Urged

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The Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the country have been urged to borrow a leaf from saner climes by desisting from harassing and brutalising journalists in the course of carrying out their lawful duties.

Secretary of 2019 Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, Mr. Uyi Osaretin, made the appeal in an exclusive interview with Info Daily, Thursday, shortly after a procession/walk against violent crime in Benin City and Nigeria at large.

The procession/walk tagged: ‘walk against violent crime’, was part of activities to mark the 2019 Press Week in the Council with the general theme: ‘Nigeria’s Economic & Security Challenges: The Way Out.’

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Uyi said journalists decided to take a walk against police brutality against journalists, kidnapping, thuggery, cultism and violent crime in our society, which according to him have been rampant.

“So, any act of violent against members of the society, journalists, we walk against it and we took the walk to the Ministry of Communication and Orientation“, he added.

Speaking further on police and other security agencies brutality against journalists, suggested that the policing in the country should be more of civil and more friendly as they (police) proffess.

He said, “They should try as much as possible not to be violent against the persons they profess to protect partucularly journalist. Let them not brutalised journalists just because they are acting the script of whosoever they are walking for.”

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Members of the NUJ in a procession against violent on Thursday in Benin City. Photo credit: Info Daily

Uyi recommended the government passed a bill that protect journalists and other members of the society against brutality.

We even want a situation the government of the day will do a bill that will tend to protect journalists against brutality. If that, which of course the campaigns have been on, we just decided to re-echo it by taking a walk”, he said.

Earlier, Chairman of the Council, Sir Roland Osakue, while leading members of the Union in the walk, said it was a signal to outsider that journalists in the state are against all sorts of violence in the state and Nigeria at large.

He noted that cultism, kidnapping, land speculation, armed robbery, thuggery are alien to our society and journalists are against such.

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PHOTOS: Many Trapped As Two-storey Building Collapses In Lagos Island

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Rescue operation is currently ongoing to save victims trapped in a two-storey building which collapsed at number 15, Iga Idungaran, close to Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu’s palace, Lagos Island.

According to eyewitness, the unfortunate incident occurred at about 11am, Thursday.

Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Nigeria Police, among other emergency responders were on ground searching for survivors.

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Recall that the latest incident happened barely four days ago, precisely on Sunday, when a Mosque collapsed at Yusuf Street, Papa Ajao, Mushin area, killing at least three worshippers, including a 12 year-old boy in the process.

Details later…

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Terrorists Kill 12 In Kaduna Market Attack

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Terrorists, on Wednesday, reportedly attacked and killed 12 persons at Maro Junction, a weekly Market in Maro Ward, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A former chairman of the local government, Cafra Caino, who confirmed the development to The PUNCH, said the assailants invaded the market around 3pm on Wednesday and opened fire.

According to him, 12 bodies have been recovered while 20 others who sustained various degrees of injuries have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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He explained that it was the second time the weekly market had been attacked while business owners and customers transacting businesses.

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“The situation is critical and has thrown residents around the area into confusion while they scampered for safety in neighbouring villages.

“Security operatives drafted to the area have already left. We are appealing to the government to deploy security operatives to help restore normalcy,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to him by The PUNCH correspondent as of the time of filling this report.

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VIDEO: Three Arrested For Accusing Delta Policemen Of Stealing N50m Gold Chains

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The Delta State Police Command has arrested three men for wrongly accusing some of its officers of stealing their gold chains, supposedly worth N50 million, during a stop-and-search operation.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Edafe Bright, disclosed this in a post, accompanied by a video, on X.com on Tuesday.

His caption read, “So yesterday, these three guys were accosted by men of RRS, searched, and allowed to go, only for them to come back later in the evening, alleging that their gold worth N50m was stolen by the policemen.

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“The policemen were humiliated for simply doing their job; well, the rest is history. “Please watch for the full gist.”

In the video, Edafe explained that the gold chains were later found in the possession of the suspects when they came back to the RRS office to accuse the officers of theft.

The driver in whose pocket the gold chains were found also claimed that the chains were given to him before they got to the RRS checkpoint.

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He added that later on, one of them, Nnamdi, said he couldn’t find his gold when he wanted to change his clothes.

“I called his brother to ask if those were the gold he (Nnamdi) was looking for, but he said no. So when we came back to the RRS office, the chains were found in my inner pocket,” he explained, speaking in pidgin.

 

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