Journalist Assaulted by Security Operatives at APC Primary Election in Ondo State


apc-flag-1280x720Mr Friday Otabor of the Nation newspaper was on July 20, 2020, assaulted by security operatives attached to the Kogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, while covering the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Ondo State.

Otabor who was at the International Conference Centre, Akure, venue of the primary election to cover the proceedings was pounced upon by the security operatives who claimed he was not putting on the tags provided by the committee for accredited Journalists.

All efforts made by Otabor to explain his situation turned on deaf ears as he was not allowed to talk.

Otabor who had earlier shown the Identity card of his place of work to the security personnel was beaten to pulp and efforts by officials of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to save him proved abortive.

After beating the journalist, the policemen started speaking Hausa language and threw up the journalist who later landed on a concrete floor.

Otabor was later rushed to the hospital where he was treated as a result of the serious injuries he sustained.