IPC Condemns Police Brutality on Photojournalist at Independence Day Protest

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The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria, has condemned the police brutality on Olukayode Jaiyeola, a Photojournalist with Punch Newspaper, Thursday, October 1, 2020, while covering a peaceful protest to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary at the Maryland Area of Lagos State.

A report by The Punch Newspaper states that, “The incident happened around 12:00 noon when a policeman, Innocent Adadu, hit Jaiyeola’s head with a baton, which immediately made him collapse, with blood gushing out of his injured skull.”

IPC in a statement by Melody Lawal, Program Officer/Safety Desk Officer, condemned the ‘unwarranted brutalization’ of the journalist in the course of his legitimate duty of covering a peaceful protest by a group of Nigerians. 

“Although we commend the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu for his prompt intervention over the matter, we hereby demand that the culprit should be prosecuted so that the assaulted journalist could have justice”, Lawal said.

IPC again called on police officers and other security operatives to create a safe environment for journalists and other media professionals to carry out their duties unhindered. 

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