IPC condemns unlawful arrest of journalists’ covering protest

The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned the arrest of four Journalists who were covering a protest in Lagos.

The Journalists identified as Ifeoluwa Adediran of Premium Times, Abiodun Ayeoba of Sahara Reporters, Awoniyi Oluwatosin of Objective Media, and Daniel Tanimu of Galaxy Television were arrested early hours on Thursday while covering a protest staged against the hike in fuel price and electricity tariff.

IPC in a statement signed by Melody Akinjiyan, its Program Officer/Safety Desk Officer, demanded the immediate release of the journalist, stating that the arrest was unlawful.

The statement reads: “The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, hereby condemns the unlawful arrest of four journalists, Ifeoluwa Adediran of Premium Times, Abiodun Ayeoba of Sahara Reporters, Awoniyi Oluwatosin of Objective Media, and Daniel Tanimu of Galaxy Television early today, September 10, 2020, while covering a peaceful protest on the fuel price increase in Yaba, Lagos State.

“Spokesperson for the organizers of the protest – the Socialist Party of Nigeria – Comrade Hassan Soweto, who was equally arrested, confirmed that, “The cameras and phones of the journalists were seized while they were taken to the Lagos State Police Command.”

“IPC disapproves of the harassment and brutalization of the journalists in the course of legitimate duty and particularly decries the seizure and damage to their working tools.

“IPC demands the immediate and unconditional release of the journalists. The Police should also return their seized gadgets and pay compensation for the damaged ones.

“IPC reiterates that the right to peacefully assemble and ventilate grievances over government policies is covered by the laws of the federation and should not be tampered with arbitrarily.”

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