By Joy Odor
The International Press Centre, (IPC) has condemned the unwarranted assault and attack by officers of the Nigeria police on Francis Ogbonna, a Cameraman with Arise Television in Abuja on Sunday.
The IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in a press statement on Monday in Lagos, condemned the uncalled attack on the journalist while carrying out his legitimate duty of covering a protest.”
He called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP),:Alhaji Mohammed Adamu for his intervention on the incident and many others perpetrated by police officers.
The IPC Director also urged the IGP to ensure that the culprit is punished in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Mr. Arogundade therefore enjoined the IGP on the need to educate police officers on the field to create a safe environment for media professionals to carry out their duties.
It would be recalled that the police attacked and brutalized Ogbonna while interviewing protesters on an #EndSARS rally at Abuja.
A video recording by the victim and his colleague, Ferdinard Duroha reveals that Ogbonna was attacked by police officers who beat him and in the process inflicted him with an injury, resulting in blood gushing out of his head.
The police officers also damaged his camera.