*As two DSS operatives batter two journalists in Osun
An Ikeja Magistrate Court has fixed 30th September to hear the case involving Leadership Newspaper photojournalist, Mr. Benedict Uwalaka, who was assaulted by Bayo Ogunsanya in the course of official duty in the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH in November 2013. Two other journalists were assaulted in the Osun state capital, Oshogbo.
Ogunsanya was a security officer attached to LASUTH, who brutalised the journalist on official duty and damaged his camera. Uwalaka had visited LASUTH following the release of the DNA of victims of the Associated Airline crash in Iju, Lagos by LASUTH Pathologist, Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa.
Benedict Uwalaka almost lost his eyes in the process (See photograph but discretion is seriously advised.)
He is appearing as star witness in the suit between Bayo Ogunsanya Vs Commissioner of Police, Lagos State.
Uwalaka is seeking N30 million in collateral damages for his brutalisation and damage of his professional equipment.
The matter could not be heard at the magistrate court because President of the court, B.O. Osunsanmi did not sit but has fixed 30th September, 2017 for continuation of trial. Benedict Uwalaka is represented by Mr. Jiti Ogunye.
Uwalaka is pursuing the case to set a good precedence and to serve as deterrent and protect journalists in the country from official brutalisation and that money is not the issue.
On Monday in Oshogbo, two journalists: Timothy Agbor of ThePoint newspaper and an online colleague of his, Toba Ajisafe were brutalised two operatives of the State Security Services (DSS) in the course of their duties. Their equipment were also destroyed while they were seriously physically battered.ease
The latest development has increased the number of attack on journalists in the country.
The National secretariat nor the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) are yet to react to the latest assault on the men of the media.