The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, has condemned the assault on the photo journalist with Daily Trust newspapers, Mr. Ikechukwu Ibe by a military Captain.
Ibe was transporting out a project on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Jabi area of Abuja as he was attacked.
The Military Officer allegedly brutalised and assaulted Journalist Ibe, departing him with multiple lacerations and inflamed eyes.
The military officer also allegedly confiscated his camera, removed and destroyed the storage device simply because he required some pictures of an automobile that ran into a cafe or restaurant in Jabi.
Inside a press statement signed through the Secretary of NUJ, FCT Council, Rafat Salami, the NUJ, among other activities, required that the officials active in the “ugly incident” be sanctioned.
“The NUJ as you would expect, is disheartened within the ugly incident. Instead of treat journalists as partners in nation building, security agents have consistently treated journalists as opponents who should be crushed.
“More saddening is that the assault required place just like Nigeria is getting ready to commemorate the ‘International Day-to Finish Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists’ on November 2.
“This is unacceptable inside a civilised and democratic nation in which the Rule of Law should be permitted to thrive. It’s a obvious situation of gross breach of the legal rights of the journalist”, the statement reads partly.
Narrating his ordeal, Mr Ibe stated, as he arrived at approximately 3:00pm, he introduced themself towards the security men on ground and said excitedly he want to try taking some pictures.
He stated, as he began using the pictures, the military Captain, who used a camouflage with no name tag and part of the Joint Ministerial Taskforce, which incorporated men of the Nigeria Police Pressure, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), pounced on him and began beating him up without provocation.
“They collected my camera, broke it and required my storage device which contained the photos that I’d taken. Additionally they tore my clothes before bundling me into a Black Maria where I met six other persons.
“I later place a call across to my photo editor software kit and also the Daily Trust Editor, who introduced some of pants in my experience in the Existence Camp Police station where I had been come to.
“My editors later guaranteed my release and my damaged camera was presented with to me with no storage device. However, my Identity card and N3,700 money in my pocket weren’t came back,” he stated.
As a means of seeking justice for that brutalised Journalist, the NUJ therefore, known as on government, “to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act upon this law abiding citizen, who had been only doing his job to book”.
The NUJ also required immediate substitute of Mr. Ibe’s camera and adequately compensate him for that brutalization meted on him.
The umbrella body of Journalists can also be demanding “an unreserved apology in the greatest authority, while setting up machineries to avoid future incidences”.