Hoodlums Brutalise Journalist Covering Industrial Action

Mr. Oloyede Oyegbenle
Mr. Oloyede Oyegbenle, a cameraman with Channels Television receiving treatnment

On April 14, 2015, armed hoodlums suspected to have been hired by a faction of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) attacked journalists covering the three-day industrial strike action the TUC called at the Osun State Secretariat on Gbongan Road, Abeere in Osogbo, the State capital. Mr. Oloyede Oyegbenle, a cameraman with the private broadcasters, Channels Television was attacked by about eight of the hoodlums who pounced on him hitting him with various weapons including pestles and clubs and thereafter, confiscated his camera.

He was rescued by his colleagues and attended to by the Osun State Ambulance Service and later taken to a hospital where he was treated.

Journalists were invited to cover the disagreement between the factions by some workers who resumed for work in spite of the warning industrial action called by TUC.

The armed hoodlums were reportedly brought in a TUC branded bus by one of its factional leader, Mr. Francis Adetunji and while the fracas ensued, members of the Nigerian Police at the venue just stood by and watched, not taking any action.

Efforts by the journalists to get the police to incident the attack at the Ataoja Estate Police Station and the police station inside the state secretariat failed as both stations declined claiming the incident did not take place within their jurisdictions.