Lagos State Building Control Agency Officials Brutalise The Guardian Reporter

Mr. Eniola Daniel, journalist with The Guardian newspaper

On May 30, 2024, Mr. Olusoji Olaopa, Head of Enforcement of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), reportedly ordered his men to  beat up Mr. Eniola Daniel, a journalist with The Guardian newspaper, at the scene of a four-storey building collapse at 15 Iga Idunganran in the Lagos Island area of the State.

Olaopa had boasted that he would beat the reporter and face no consequences. In a verbal assault on the reporter, he said, “You are stupid, I will beat you and nothing will happen. Step out now.” He then pushed the journalist to the floor with the assistance of a mobile police officer attached to him.

During the assault, an official of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) shouted at Mr. Olaopa: “You know he’s a journalist, he identified himself already.”

Additionally, an official of LASBCA reportedly threatened to stab Mr. Daniel.