The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria, has condemned 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 Thursday, 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 in a statement by the Program Officer/Safety Desk Officer, Melody Akinjiyan, disapproved of the harassment and brutalization of the journalists in the course of legitimate duty and particularly decried the seizure and damage to their working tools.
IPC demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the journalists, adding that the Police should also return their seized gadgets and pay compensation for the damaged ones.
The Centre reiterated 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.