Lanre Arogundade, Director of the International Press Centre, Lagos, has condemned the recent attack on the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osun state council and some other journalists by some unknown thugs. The attack, which Mr Arogundade described as ‘unacceptable’, happened on Monday 16th of July, 2018.
It was reported that suspected hoodlums attacked some journalists who were covering a press conference that was being addressed by some members of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
According to the report, the secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osun state council, Mr. Bamigbola Boladale, was not spared in the ugly incident as he was terribly beaten by the rampaging thugs, who also tore his clothes to shreds.
Reacting to the attack, Mr Arogundade, who is a foremost journalist, urged Nigerians to stop attacking journalists who are doing their job.
He said, “This kind of act is not acceptable from any individual or group because journalists are not to be treated as animals. They deserve the right to perform their duties without fear or intimidation,” Arogundade said.
Arogundade called on Osun State Commissioner of Police to begin investigation into the attacks ensuring that necessary actions be taken.
He further demanded culprits and all those involved should be made to face the consequences of their actions.
The IPC Director, however, advised journalists to ensure that that they are well guided and seek assurances of their safety in covering factional crisis of political parties.