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Delta Police arrest man over assault on journalist

Bomadi — The Delta Central Police Area Command has arrested a man identified as Gregory Tuodonye, who was among a mob that attacked and dispossessed a Daily Sun Newspaper reporter, Mr. Kofa Kings of his valuables, on December 6, 2014 at Kpakiama in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

The suspect who has has been on the run after the incident, was among the mob leaders that have been on watch list of the Delta Central Police command before he was arrested in Ughelli area of the state.

The reporter, Kofa, while narrating his ordeal, said: “It was God that delivered me from the hands of the unsuspecting mob. I was at the gate of Kpakiama Secondary School trying to get into the premises where the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries for Bomadi/Patani federal constituency were holding to cover it. Before I could explained myself, youths numbering 20 pounced on me.

“The most surprising aspect of the attack was that almost all the attackers are my kinsmen. The suspect forcefully took my handset while others took my recorder and money, before I was saved by some good Samaritans.”

A veteran journalist writing for a community newspaper (Urhobo Vanguard), Mr Vincent Ugbunisi, condemned the attack, noting that it was callous and wicked. He described the attach on Kofa as uncivilised, barbaric and warned that it should stopped.

Ogbunisi, while calling on the government to enact laws that will safeguard journalists in the country, said anybody caught subjecting journalists to such inhuman treatment should not only suffer the consequences alone but with their sponsors.

He promised that the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, will follow up the case since media practitioners have become an endangered species.

He called on the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Baba to look into the matter and ensure the protection of journalists carrying out their legitimate duties.

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