Following recent attacks on journalists in some parts of the country, stakeholders have condemned this development insisting that there is urgent need for adequate security for media personnel.
Recall that on April 21, 2020, Vanguard’s correspondent in Ebonyi State, Peter Okutu, was allegedly arrested by armed men of the state’s Anti-Robbery squad at Woodberry Hotel, Abakaliki on the orders of the Ohaukwu Council chairman, Mr. Clement Odah.
Similarly, The Sun newspaper’s reporter, Agwu Chijioke, also in Ebonyi State, was allegedly arrested by the police on the orders of the state governor, David Umahi, following a report he did about Lassa fever outbreak in the state. He was later released.
In addition, officials of the Delta State Task Force on Environment, on April 2, allegedly attacked Michael Ikeogwu, chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Mathew Omonighoe, correspondent of the Daily Post while covering the COVID-19 lockdown.