The International Press Centre (IPI) has condemns the continuous attack on journalists by security men at the Kogi State Government House.
According to reports from Punch Newspaper, “For the second time in one month, the state government house security men on October 11 allegedly brutalised Mr. Wale Odunsi, an editor with Daily Post (online publication) in an effort to honour the invitation of the online media team of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, which is headed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, James Minister.”
The Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, in a statement described the assault on journalists by security men attached to the state government house as a great concern to the press and all its stakeholders.
“Only three weeks ago, Mr. Segun Salami of Channels Television was reportedly beaten up, dragged on the floor and locked up in the government house cell. This calls for serious concern and attention by all concerned parties,” Arogundade said.
IPC is therefore urging the state governor and the state Commissioner of Police to immediately probe the growing trend of attack on journalists within the premises of the state house and take necessary actions against the erring security personnel, in order to forestall a re-occurrence.