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Police brutalises journalist at Dry Port launch in Kaduna

*She was hit on the face, left with a wound

Mrs. Taiye Elebiyo Edeni, a journalist with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has been seriously brutalised by security operatives, at the venue where President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned Kaduna dry port on Thursday.

The injured journalist, Mrs. Taiye Elebiyo Edeni, being helped after the attack
The injured journalist, Mrs. Taiye Elebiyo Edeni, being helped after the attack

The brutalised lady came from Abuja to cover the event. She is the Transport Correspondent of the nation’s octopi news agency and was duly accredited to cover the inauguration of Nigeria’s first Inland Dry Port by President Muhammadu Buhari. She was hit on the face and left with a wound on her face. Medical personnel and her colleagues had to attend to her.

The unfortunate incident happened at the main venue of the commissioning of the dry port, Down Quarters, Kakuri, ahead the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and his entourage. The attack on journalists was heightened after the security denied them access to the main venue despite having their accredited tags.

There is currently no official reaction from the government or security agencies regarding the incident. Neither has the nation’s body, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) reacted to the latest development.

Meanwhile, Aderonke Ogunleye, also a journalist who witnessed the development spoke with www.gongnews.net “in recent times, administrators have been using journalists (most especially the media house-less attack dogs/social media nuisance), to attack one another, most especially their critics.

“It is sad that this took a dramatic turn today when my friend and colleague, a NAN correspondent, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni was brutalised by security operatives in Kaduna state during President Buhari’s commissioning of new locomotives and coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna Rail Service. We say no to attacks on journalists. This is not acceptable.”

Nigerian Police have a penchance for attacking journalists without respect. This is the first reported case in 2018.

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