Ogun NUJ demands apology from Adeleke over assault of journalist by security aides
The Ogun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has denounced the attack on Bunmi Adigun, a reporter for Ogun State Television, and the union secretary by a few security aides of Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke.
Adigun was allegedly attacked by the security guards while carrying out his official duties on Friday at the 66th birthday celebration of Oba Adeyemi Adekeye, the Abepa of Joga-Orile and the monarch’s chieftaincy title conferment on Adeleke.
“Though the Governor was amiable but all the security details were unruly. They started misbehaving anyhow immediately after the governor arrived, pushing and harassing every journalist, even those who came with other special guests from Osun State,” Adigun said while recounting his experience.“They pushed my cameraman and other cameramen, I thought that was enough until they got to where we were standing, I was harassed, embarrassed, and they nearly tore my clothes.”The state chairman of the union, Wale Olanrewaju, in a statement on Saturday, described the attack as unjustified and an affront to press freedom.The statement partly reads: “This reckless and reprehensible behaviour towards a member of the press, who was simply carrying out his professional duties, is utterly unacceptable and cannot be tolerated in a democratic society, granted that any form of assault on a journalist is an affront on the fundamental principles of press freedom and the right of citizens to access accurate and unbiased information.