By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—Two journalists working for Television Continental, TVC, a Lagos-based private television station were Thursday allegedly beaten by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
The journalists, Ayodeji Moradeyo (reporter) and Binafia Miebi (cameraman) are crew of the TVC from Lagos attacked and beaten up while performing their duties.
The crew officially accredited for coverage of the Saturday governorship election had visited the state secretariat of the PDP to make inquiries on certain issues when they were allegedly attacked, battered and later detained.
They were subsequently released on the intervention of some security operatives and leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the arrest, detention and attack on the crew.
The party noted that the role of the media as the Fourth Estate of the Realm was copiously entrenched in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The APC, in its reaction by Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, said the APC as a law abiding political organisation condemned in entirety the jackboot democracy and the closure of the democratic space against Nigerians.
“This is a replay of the Ekiti gubernatorial election where journalists and APC party loyalists were hounded and brutalised without aggression against all known laws of the land.
”The arrest and deportation of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC, Press Crew members on June 21 during Ekiti militarised and manipulated governorship election speaks volume of the erosion and aggression against the Nigerian Constitution.”