By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki

Thugs loyal to a high ranking member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Monday attacked and beat up the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ebonyi State Council, Mr Nnamdi Akpa

He was kicked and punched on the back while the thugs had a field day.

Hoodlums suspected to be loyal to a high ranking member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly attacked and beat up the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ebonyi State Council, Mr Nnamdi Akpa.

Akpa who is the Ebonyi State Correspondent of Guardian Newspaper was kicked and punched on the back while the thugs had a field day.

Reports have it that the victim was attacked simply because he was seen in the hallow chambers sending a message to a prominent politician (names withheld) in the State.

Akpa is from the same town, Uburu and Local Government Area, Ohaozara, with the Governor of the State.

According to Akpa: “I have to go to the Hospital. I was beaten. I was brushed to the ground. What is my crime?”

In an emotion-laden voice, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly who condemned the attack meted out on the NUJ Secretary, apologized to the victim and the entire NUJ family over the incident.

“This is a public place. It’s wrong to beat up a Journalist. You are not working for me. I want to tender an unreserved apology over what happened or should I kneel down? I apologise for what happened. I am very sorry for what happened.”

As political activities build up in the State, many Journalists and Stakeholders are expressing fear over their safety in the State.

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