Department of the State Services (DSS) staff and some police officers attacked a reporter for Punch newspaper, Friday Olokor, yesterday.
The journalist speaking on a panel discussion at the ongoing conference of the African Women’s Council was supposed to report in Abuja, was brutally treated and the clothes were torn by the security guards on duty.
Olokor told of his ordeal: “I drove to the venue, the M & M Events Center in Abuja, near NICON Luxury in the Central Business District. After I introduced myself, the mopoly stopped me at the gate and said I should get an entrance ticket. I told him that I can only get the tag from the people who invited me. Nevertheless, he refused. I had to call Patience Ihejirika from Leadership Newspapers, who came and gave me my badge.
“Still, the policeman complained that we journalists are Nigeria’s problem. I turned around and asked him why security agencies hate journalists. He started abusing me and said if he wasn’t in uniform he would have taught me a great lesson. “
The reporter continued,” He said I wouldn’t go in. During this time, the DSS agents beat me and tore my shirts. One of them tried several times to clear me up, but I jumped. Police officers joined them. They said to sit down, I got up. I was handcuffed. They confiscated Patience Ihejirika’s phone, deleted the videos and photos of the incident, while one of the officers threatened to beat her.
“I called a senior DSS officer who happened to be my friend straight from the School was. Even when he tried to speak to them, they refused. “Tell him we’re not talking to him. Olokor, I’m from Delta, when we get home we talk man to man, ”said one of them. One wonders if there is no discipline in the DSS. ”
He added,“ A deputy director called to plead with a promise that they would be asked to write a report on what happened . I’ve reported the matter to my bosses. “
Meanwhile, the President’s Special Advisor for Media and Public Relations, Femi Adesina, has hired media practitioners to use her profession to save Nigeria from an impending disaster. < / p>
At a keynote address at the 25th anniversary and the public presentation of Comet Magazine by the Department of Mass Communication of Nnamdi Azikwe University (NAU) yesterday in Awka, the President’s spokesman admitted that the media would be able to promote peace and also cause civil unrest.
Represented by Prof. Nnaemeka Agbanu from Chukwuemeka Odomegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Adesina reminded that the genocide in Rwanda, which affected over a million people , triggered by two local radio stations. He urged practitioners to promote the unity and general development of the country.