Journalists Monitoring Fuel Scarcity Situation Assaulted

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Comrade Eddy Akpati Ogude
Manager News and Current Affairs, DBS

Three staff of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Comrade Eddy Akpati Ogude, who is the Manager News and Current Affairs; Ms Eunice Emayazia, a reporter; and Mr. Austin Ogbotor, a cameraman were on March 1, 2022 assaulted by men of the Delta State Police Command for filming their shady activities at a petrol station. They were injured while the camera they were recording with was destroyed. Ms Emeyazia suffered pains from bruises inflicted on her face, head and a broken wrist.

The DBS crew was monitoring the situation of things as a result of the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at the Northwest Filling Station on Mariam Babangida Way, Asaba, the Delta State capital when the overzealous security men pounced on them and beat them up.

Narrating her ordeal, Ms Emeyazia said she was recording the queue in the filling station and interviewing motorists when some policemen attached to the fuel station accosted her and started beating her. She said she escaped from the onslaught by running for her dear life as some of the policemen chased her until she escaped into a moving car, adding that she sustained body injuries her phone and the video camera they were using damaged by the security operatives.

According to her, while she was being chased, her colleagues were held hostage by the other police officers attached to the petrol station who were apparently angered that they were recording the scene at the filling station.

She said it took the effort of a good-spirited citizen, who witnessed how she was being molested for her to come out alive as the rescuer swiftly made it possible for her to jump into his car as she was being chased by the policemen.

She had to go to the Federal Medical Centre Asaba for treatment and also take an X-ray of her broken wrist.