Police Assault Channels TV Staff, Another In Benue

Police Assault

Police Assault: Two journalists, a cameraman with the Channels TV and another from a renowned Television Station in Nigeria has been assaulted in a gathering in Benue state by Policemen.

9jatoday have been informed of a team of policemen who assaulted a cameraman working with the Channels Tv and a colleague from another Tv station for allegedly covering an event unlawfully.

Mr Michael Umele, Channels Tv cameraman was said to have received multiple slaps by security operatives attached to B Police Division in Benue State.

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Upon reaching the event centre where some Tiv Youth Organisation in Makurdi, were holding a programme, the security operatives after slapping Umele seized his camera and that of his colleague from another television station.

9jatoday learnt that in the process of Umele and his colleague trying to explain to the DPO that they are a journalist, one of the policemen started slapping Umele and forcefully seized his camera and that of his colleague.

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Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in Benue, Mr Mohammed Mukadas, said that the Tiv Youth Organisation had no approval to convene any form of gathering.

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According to him, the group planned to stage a protest against the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr George Akume, for allegedly denigrating the name and stool of the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse.

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The police commissioner, however, ordered the immediate release of the seized cameras, with a directive to the DPO to fish out the officer who assaulted Umele and offer his apology to settle the matter amicably.


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