Some Port-Harcourt primarily based journalists have been attacked by hoodlums in Rumuagholu neighborhood, Obio Akpor Native Authorities Space of Rivers State.
The journalists mentioned they have been in the neighborhood to cowl a media briefing on a disputed piece of land once they immediately got here underneath assault.
The victims of the assault, which occurred on Tuesday, alleged that the hoodlums have 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 have been 9 in quantity and we had reporters from Come up Television, Candy Crude, Surveillance Newspaper, Right this moment Fm, Want Fm, Atlantic Television, RSTV.
“The RSVT digicam man was brutalized and we misplaced 9 smartphones, they collected two HD Cameras, they collected every little thing from us, the police additionally took two journalists, from Sahara Reporters and Right this moment Fm to their station however they have 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 predict justice”.
One other sufferer of the assault added that “what occurred to journalists on Tuesday was uncalled for. For a group of Anti Cultism to work with hoodlums to assault journalists is a really dangerous 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. Essentially the most worrisome half is a scenario the place police are starting to assist 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 feel they are going to 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 basis 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 carried out within the matter.