The Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, condemns in its entirety a reported attack of some rampaging youths on three photo journalists, while going about their legitimate duties in Lagos on Friday, October 23, 2020.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti, and the Secretary, Comrade Alfred Odifa, it was a wicked and barbaric attack, which must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians and other members of the society.
The three journalists attacked by the hoodlums include a member of the NUJ Executive in Lagos State Council, Mr. Isaac Ayodele of THE NATION Newspapers as well as one Mr.
Abiodun Willams and Mr. Mike Otogu.
Apart from severe bodily injuries suffered by the three photo journalists, their expensive professional cameras were also terribly damaged by the hoodlums.
The Union, therefore, calls for a decisive action by government, to stop all forms of attack on newsmen and ensure necessary protection for them in the course of discharging their constitutional responsibilities to the society.
In the meantime, there is a need for a thorough investigation of the unprovoked assault, to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.
The Union is, however, using this opportunity to appeal to Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu and Lagos State government to assist the victims with immediate replacement of the damaged cameras, which are essential tools of their job as photo journalists.