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Journalists’ assault: Uwalaka gets 30th Sept against his assailants

*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.

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One comment

  1. Michael Olanrewaju

    I don’t know what is really happening to the DSS operatives this day. Some of them behave lawlessly as if they are above the law of the land. Do they think we are still in a military era? Or, do they want to militarized us in a democracy? Two of them brutalized Journalists covering solidarity rally for autonomy for Local Government by NULGE in Osogbo yesterday. They seized and destroyed their infinix phones. One begins to wonder if they are not being paid with public funds that they are assaulting on daily basis? A stitch in time saves nine as some of these elements behave as if they are beserk in the way they threaten innocent peoples’ lives.It wont surprise us that they would one day start to attack our elected representatives and molest them before the very public that elected them. These bad eggs within the service that are not civil at all must be fished out and sent to where they belong. Power and authority belongs to the people in a democracy.