By; Onyekachukwu Meluwa, Warri
The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria, has condemned the police brutality on a Vanguard Newspapers photojournalist/reporter, Akpokona Omafuaire ESQ, on Friday, October 23, 2020, on his way to an official assignment during the 48hours curfew imposed by the Delta State Governor.
IPC condemned the police brutality in a press release signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, Melody Lawal Programme/Safety Desk Officer, IPC and made available to AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY correspondent in Warri.on Sunday October 25, 2020.
According to the press release, “Report from Vanguard Newspaper states that, “overzealous police officers at Oviwian-Aladja Police Station, Udu Local Government Area, Delta State, battered Omafuaire, cutting and whipping him with cutlass and butt of gun.”
“We condemn in totality the brutality on the journalist in a bid to carry out an official assignment.”
“IPC is urgently calling for the investigation on this incident and many others perpetrated by police officers. It is crucial to ensure that the culprit is punished in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“The Inspector General of Police should urgently intervene and give firm instructions to officers and men of the Police Force to stop assaulting journalists.”