#ENDARS Protest: IPC condemns police attack on journalists

We condemn the uncalled attack on the journalist while carrying out his legitimate duty of covering a protest.
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Aisha Yesufa

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, protested the unjustified assault and attack by Nigerian police officers on Francis Ogbonna, a cameraman with Arise Television, in Abuja.

According to reports, while interviewing protesters at a #EndSARS rally in Abuja, police assaulted and brutalized Ogbonna.

A statement by Melody Lawal, Program Officer/Safety Desk Officer, IPC said, Ferdinard Duroha, a video recording by the victim and his colleague, shows that Ogbonna was assaulted by police officers who beat him and inflicted an injury on him in the process, resulting in blood streaming from his head. His camera was also destroyed by police officers.

IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade said,

“We condemn the uncalled attack on the journalist while carrying out his legitimate duty of covering a protest.”

“IPC is immediately calling on the Inspector General of Police for his intervention on this incident and many others perpetrated by police officers. He should ensure that the culprit is punished in accordance with the provisions of the law.

“Arogundade, also enjoined the Inspector General of Police on the need to educate police officers on the field to create a safe environment for media professionals to carry out their duties,” the statement said.

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