Hoodlums Attack, Injure Journalists in Lagos

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On June 19, 2022, hoodlums attacked journalists attached to the Lagos State Government House who were on the entourage of the state governor to welcome the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag-bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was returning to Lagos from Abuja after the party’s presidential primary election.

The journalists were attacked on the Ebute-Ero link Bridge by the hoodlums with stones, and cutlasses, while returning from the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, in Isale-Eko, where Tinubu and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had gone to pay homage to the King.

During the attack that lasted for more than 10 minutes, the hoodlums also destroyed the windows of the vehicle conveying the journalists with some of them sustaining injuries.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu condemned the attack and ordered an investigation into the attack.

This was contained in a press statement by the Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Monday.

In the statement, Gov. Sanwo-Olu directed that those involved must be fished out and made to face the law. He also promised that the government will pick the hospital bills of those injured in the incident.

The governor vowed that “Nobody or group will be allowed to destroy our cordial relationship with the media,” adding “Lagos has no room for hooligans.”