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Praises for Osoba, Nigerian journalism at book launch

IT was supposed to be a celebration of Chief Segun Osoba. But expectedly, it turned out to be a celebration of Nigerian journalism and indeed Nigeria. With the quality and size of the guests, including three former Heads of State – Gen. Ibrahim Babang…

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OSOBA-22IT was supposed to be a celebration of Chief Segun Osoba. But expectedly, it turned out to be a celebration of Nigerian journalism and indeed Nigeria. With the quality and size of the guests, including three former Heads of State – Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami – only an enigma like Osoba could have pulled that kind of crowd.

It was the public presentation of Osoba: The Newspaper Years, written by the journalist duo of Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, narrating the life and interesting time as a journalist of the former Governor of Ogun State. The venue, MUSON Centre Onikan, Lagos, became a Mecca of sorts with Osoba’s associates, friends, relatives and colleagues from all walks of life gathered to give him a befitting celebration. The event, presided over by Alhaji Ismail Isa Funtua, a colleague and former president, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), became a testament of the role journalism has played in the country. It was also a testimony of the personality of Osoba, the famed reporter-turned politician and how he has written his name into the hearts of eminent Nigerians in the roles he has played in two public spheres of journalism and politics with aplomb.

The roll call was endless and eminently impressive: Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa; Senator Ben Obi, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan; governor of Ogun State, Chief Ibikunle Amosun; Dr. Okoya Thomas, Chairman of The Guardian, Mrs. Maiden Ibru and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Others are former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu, publisher of ThisDay, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Chief Chris Okubanjo, Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, who represented Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Alhaji Kayode Jakande and Senator Solomon Olarewaju.

Governor Amosun described Osoba, the former two-time governor of the state, as an accomplished journalist, an astute administrator and an epitome of values deserving of all the accolades being showered on him, as Osoba was a leading reference point both in his journalism and political careers. Amosun also praised the duo of Igwe and Awoyinfa as journalists who were “gradually becoming the foremost biographers of our time”.

Chief sponsor of the book and Delta State governor, Uduaghan, saluted Osoba for the mentoring role he has played in journalism, a role he said he learned from the late Babatunde Ajose. “I believe in the concept of mentoring by looking at what others have done. We have a lot of issues today in Nigeria because we have issues of mentorship; we must go back to mentoring young people. Osoba mentored Igwe and Awoyinfa, just as Ajose mentored him. In Delta State, we are going back to mentoring in schools.

“We are here to celebrate the best in Nigerian journalism. It’s amazing because Osoba still regards himself as a reporter. Journalists should be mentored so they can work better”.

Special guest of honour, Babangida, a personal friend of Osoba long before he became military President, took time to celebrate Osoba and said some of the nicest things about him. He called Osoba “a good friend, a wonderful patriot”, a man worthy of being appreciated on account of how he gave himself in service of the fatherland in his many acts of selfless service. As elected governor of Ogun State, Babangida said Osoba was able to redefine governance.

“In a society where anything goes, the life of Osoba offers thought-provoking lessons for upcoming generations and media practitioners. If you crave for excellence and honour in public service, study Osoba; he represents all the positive aspects of what the media stands for. He’s one of the most remarkable gentlemen of his generation”.

Babangida’s disarming humour embedded in his presentation got the audience reeling with laughter, especially when he described Osoba as “a ladies’ man”. Osoba was to pay him back in his coin when he revealed their many escapades in seamy rendezvous while they scoured the city of Lagos for the good life in their hay days as journalist and soldier, each charting their career paths from humble beginnings that were to catapult them to the pinnacle of political power. Babangida also took time to praise Osoba’s wife for her patience and command of the home front.

The book reviewer and chairman of CHANNELS TV, Mr. John Momoh stated that the book covers the era generally regarded as the golden years of Nigerian journalism as those who gave testimony about Osoba’s life and career were those who had played a significant role in the development of Nigerian journalism at the period. He described Igwe and Awoyinfa’s book as “a classic by all standards”, saying it’s an “excellent book that does a great deal in celebrating Osoba, and in celebrating journalism; it’s an enlightening book”.

Balarabe Musa also commended the authors in writing a book about Osoba, whom he said he knew back in 1979 and with whom he had become very close ever since. He said he appreciated Osoba’s commitment to journalism, saying the book would be “a pride to his fellow journalists and something for politicians to think about”.

In his response, Osoba thanked the pair of Igwe and Awoyinfa for their commitment to the project and how he refused to endorse their request to write the book until he saw the first draft and fell in love with their effort.

Osoba went down memory lane and described some of the defining moments in his career as a journalist, especially during the coup that ushered out Gen. Yakubu Gowon, organised by Murtala Muhammed. He told of how Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye gave him the exclusive about the coup that was to catapult him to the pinnacle of his career. He recalled, “that singular episode contributed to my upliftment”. He recalled his time with Babangida and how much they were a night-club going gang and the many things they did together as young men. He recalled also how Babangida thrice sacked him and thrice reinstated him as Daily Times chief executive.

The former Ogun State governor paid tribute to many individuals, including Gen. Abdulsalami, who he said nearly got the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s sack for agreeing to plead on behalf of NADECO to release the late Pa Abraham Adesanya from prison. He declared, “I’m going to write my own”, a book he said that would bare it all about the many things yet unknown about him, the many army generals he hobnobbed with, and NADECO.

In his vote of thanks, Minister of Information, also a former journalist, Mr. Labaran Maku, also commended Osoba, whom he called “an icon and a role model for us”. He also praised the authors for their excellent work. The minister said journalism was in need of reinvention and tasked journalists to stand with their shoulders high in the discharge of their duties.

Indeed, the launch of Osoba: The Newspaper Years, can easily be regarded as one of the most attended events of the year. The wide podium of the Shell Hall of MUSON Centre was filled to capacity and more chairs were arranged behind to accommodate the array of dignitaries in attendance. At a point, the podium turned into a marketplace as the dignitaries that had not seen each other for a long time got up to hug, embrace and express pleasantries. Not Babangida was left out. It got so rowdy that the duo of Ali Baba and Gbenga Adeyinka had to appeal to them to sit down for the event to proceed. Indeed, they had time trying to restore order.

Another hallmark of the event was the dose of banter exchanged both by the comic duo of Ali Baba, Adeyinka and the dignitaries who stood up to speak. Uduaghan not only traced his roots to Yorubaland, he called Babangida and Oluremi Tinubu Deltans; this caused bouts of expansive hilarity in the hall. Perhaps the comic climax was when Babangida declared that anyone learning how to be a ladies’ man should do well to study Osoba! Even Osoba’s wife could not help laughing out loud.

It, indeed, was one long event where politics managed to stay way and everybody sat throughout it as one big family reunion, which only a man of Osoba’s status could pull off!

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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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Praises for Osoba, Nigerian journalism at book launch

IT was supposed to be a celebration of Chief Segun Osoba. But expectedly, it turned out to be a celebration of Nigerian journalism and indeed Nigeria. With the quality and size of the guests, including three former Heads of State – Gen. Ibrahim Babang…

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OSOBA-22IT was supposed to be a celebration of Chief Segun Osoba. But expectedly, it turned out to be a celebration of Nigerian journalism and indeed Nigeria. With the quality and size of the guests, including three former Heads of State – Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami – only an enigma like Osoba could have pulled that kind of crowd.

It was the public presentation of Osoba: The Newspaper Years, written by the journalist duo of Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, narrating the life and interesting time as a journalist of the former Governor of Ogun State. The venue, MUSON Centre Onikan, Lagos, became a Mecca of sorts with Osoba’s associates, friends, relatives and colleagues from all walks of life gathered to give him a befitting celebration. The event, presided over by Alhaji Ismail Isa Funtua, a colleague and former president, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), became a testament of the role journalism has played in the country. It was also a testimony of the personality of Osoba, the famed reporter-turned politician and how he has written his name into the hearts of eminent Nigerians in the roles he has played in two public spheres of journalism and politics with aplomb.

The roll call was endless and eminently impressive: Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa; Senator Ben Obi, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan; governor of Ogun State, Chief Ibikunle Amosun; Dr. Okoya Thomas, Chairman of The Guardian, Mrs. Maiden Ibru and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Others are former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu, publisher of ThisDay, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Chief Chris Okubanjo, Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello, who represented Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Alhaji Kayode Jakande and Senator Solomon Olarewaju.

Governor Amosun described Osoba, the former two-time governor of the state, as an accomplished journalist, an astute administrator and an epitome of values deserving of all the accolades being showered on him, as Osoba was a leading reference point both in his journalism and political careers. Amosun also praised the duo of Igwe and Awoyinfa as journalists who were “gradually becoming the foremost biographers of our time”.

Chief sponsor of the book and Delta State governor, Uduaghan, saluted Osoba for the mentoring role he has played in journalism, a role he said he learned from the late Babatunde Ajose. “I believe in the concept of mentoring by looking at what others have done. We have a lot of issues today in Nigeria because we have issues of mentorship; we must go back to mentoring young people. Osoba mentored Igwe and Awoyinfa, just as Ajose mentored him. In Delta State, we are going back to mentoring in schools.

“We are here to celebrate the best in Nigerian journalism. It’s amazing because Osoba still regards himself as a reporter. Journalists should be mentored so they can work better”.

Special guest of honour, Babangida, a personal friend of Osoba long before he became military President, took time to celebrate Osoba and said some of the nicest things about him. He called Osoba “a good friend, a wonderful patriot”, a man worthy of being appreciated on account of how he gave himself in service of the fatherland in his many acts of selfless service. As elected governor of Ogun State, Babangida said Osoba was able to redefine governance.

“In a society where anything goes, the life of Osoba offers thought-provoking lessons for upcoming generations and media practitioners. If you crave for excellence and honour in public service, study Osoba; he represents all the positive aspects of what the media stands for. He’s one of the most remarkable gentlemen of his generation”.

Babangida’s disarming humour embedded in his presentation got the audience reeling with laughter, especially when he described Osoba as “a ladies’ man”. Osoba was to pay him back in his coin when he revealed their many escapades in seamy rendezvous while they scoured the city of Lagos for the good life in their hay days as journalist and soldier, each charting their career paths from humble beginnings that were to catapult them to the pinnacle of political power. Babangida also took time to praise Osoba’s wife for her patience and command of the home front.

The book reviewer and chairman of CHANNELS TV, Mr. John Momoh stated that the book covers the era generally regarded as the golden years of Nigerian journalism as those who gave testimony about Osoba’s life and career were those who had played a significant role in the development of Nigerian journalism at the period. He described Igwe and Awoyinfa’s book as “a classic by all standards”, saying it’s an “excellent book that does a great deal in celebrating Osoba, and in celebrating journalism; it’s an enlightening book”.

Balarabe Musa also commended the authors in writing a book about Osoba, whom he said he knew back in 1979 and with whom he had become very close ever since. He said he appreciated Osoba’s commitment to journalism, saying the book would be “a pride to his fellow journalists and something for politicians to think about”.

In his response, Osoba thanked the pair of Igwe and Awoyinfa for their commitment to the project and how he refused to endorse their request to write the book until he saw the first draft and fell in love with their effort.

Osoba went down memory lane and described some of the defining moments in his career as a journalist, especially during the coup that ushered out Gen. Yakubu Gowon, organised by Murtala Muhammed. He told of how Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye gave him the exclusive about the coup that was to catapult him to the pinnacle of his career. He recalled, “that singular episode contributed to my upliftment”. He recalled his time with Babangida and how much they were a night-club going gang and the many things they did together as young men. He recalled also how Babangida thrice sacked him and thrice reinstated him as Daily Times chief executive.

The former Ogun State governor paid tribute to many individuals, including Gen. Abdulsalami, who he said nearly got the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s sack for agreeing to plead on behalf of NADECO to release the late Pa Abraham Adesanya from prison. He declared, “I’m going to write my own”, a book he said that would bare it all about the many things yet unknown about him, the many army generals he hobnobbed with, and NADECO.

In his vote of thanks, Minister of Information, also a former journalist, Mr. Labaran Maku, also commended Osoba, whom he called “an icon and a role model for us”. He also praised the authors for their excellent work. The minister said journalism was in need of reinvention and tasked journalists to stand with their shoulders high in the discharge of their duties.

Indeed, the launch of Osoba: The Newspaper Years, can easily be regarded as one of the most attended events of the year. The wide podium of the Shell Hall of MUSON Centre was filled to capacity and more chairs were arranged behind to accommodate the array of dignitaries in attendance. At a point, the podium turned into a marketplace as the dignitaries that had not seen each other for a long time got up to hug, embrace and express pleasantries. Not Babangida was left out. It got so rowdy that the duo of Ali Baba and Gbenga Adeyinka had to appeal to them to sit down for the event to proceed. Indeed, they had time trying to restore order.

Another hallmark of the event was the dose of banter exchanged both by the comic duo of Ali Baba, Adeyinka and the dignitaries who stood up to speak. Uduaghan not only traced his roots to Yorubaland, he called Babangida and Oluremi Tinubu Deltans; this caused bouts of expansive hilarity in the hall. Perhaps the comic climax was when Babangida declared that anyone learning how to be a ladies’ man should do well to study Osoba! Even Osoba’s wife could not help laughing out loud.

It, indeed, was one long event where politics managed to stay way and everybody sat throughout it as one big family reunion, which only a man of Osoba’s status could pull off!

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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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