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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Presidential poll: Police brutalises Journalist at Lagos INEC office

The publisher of New Sentinel online news medium, Mr. Peter Jones was yesterday, Saturday, March 28, had a guest of an overzealous armed police officer, (names and service number withheld); for discussing with passersby after he was directed by the same officer to answer nature call at a location distance from the premises of the Lagos INEC office in Yaba, reports ITRealms.

Reports reaching ITRealms showed that the Journalist Jones, was dully accredited journalists by INEC to observe the elections and was putting on INEC accredited vest at the Yaba INEC office, when he was pressed and equally took permission from the police officers on duty and got their consent on whether to use a particular spot before he was asked to move a step forward.

 He however obeyed as directed but while returning, the police whose identity was heavily shielded by his colleagues then questioned Peter Jones on why he had to discuss with the passersby after he had been directed on where to urinate. Mr. Jones however told them that he was exchanging pleasantries with somebody he knows but the unruly policeman descended on him with horse whip.

“In my attempt to explain myself, the police rained abuses on me, and then brought out his horsewhip to whip me severally to the extent that blood was gushing on my face,” Jones explained to his concerned colleagues and higher police officers in pains.

Meanwhile, the policeman has been arrested and put in the guard room even as several police officers surrounded New Sentinel Publisher appealing to him to prevail on his colleagues to exercise restraint in publishing the story. 

A source said yesterday that angry colleagues made several attempts to speak with the Lagos state commissioner of police but his phone was not going. At INEC office in Yaba, policemen formed groups discussing the matter in low tones even as they condemned the action of their over-zealous colleague.

Ayo Omidele/GEE
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