Some Port-Harcourt primarily based journalists have been attacked by hoodlums in Rumuagholu group, Obio Akpor Native Authorities Space of Rivers State.
The journalists mentioned they had been in the neighborhood to cowl a media briefing on a disputed piece of land after they all of a sudden got here beneath assault.
The victims of the assault, which occurred on Tuesday, alleged that the hoodlums had been aided by some officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Rivers State police command.
Narrating their ordeal, one of many journalists mentioned “they got here within the firm of the police and instantly they completed, the police and the hoodlums left collectively.
“We had been 9 in quantity and we had reporters from Come up Television, Candy Crude, Surveillance Newspaper, At the moment Fm, Want Fm, Atlantic Television, RSTV.
“The RSVT digital camera man was brutalized and we misplaced 9 smartphones, they collected two HD Cameras, they collected every thing from us, the police additionally took two journalists, from Sahara Reporters and At the moment Fm to their station however they had been later launched following the intervention of the Commissioner of Police and the police PRO and different of our colleagues.
“We made an entry on the state CID and we expect justice”.
One other sufferer of the assault added that “what occurred to journalists on Tuesday was uncalled for. For a crew of Anti Cultism to work with hoodlums to assault journalists is a really unhealthy one. I need to ask the IGP, `the place on earth do you see a police man working with hoodlums to assault journalists?’”
Talking additional one other attacked journalist mentioned “this assault on journalists is one thing to be condemned. Probably the most worrisome half is a state of affairs the place police are starting to help criminals to assault innocent journalists who went out for his or her regular job.
“We name on the Nigeria police to instantly unravel those that carried out this inhumane remedy on journalists, if not, I believe they’ll meet us in courtroom”.
In keeping with the journalists, the Police Public Relations officer of the state command, NNAMDI OMONI has promised to get to the foundation of the matter.
Additionally, the management of the Rivers State council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists has promised to make sure that justice was achieved within the matter.