Security Personnel Brutalise Sports Journalist at Polo Event


Jacob Onjewu Dickson, the Assistant Secretary of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kaduna State Chapter, was on October 28, 2017 brutalised by a team of soldiers and policemen at the closing ceremony of an International Polo Tournament in Kaduna.

Jacob and his colleagues had sought to interview the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, whose team emerged winners at the tournament when the security men swooped on him and severely assaulted him.

Condemning the assault, Alhaji Musa Jika, President, Amnesty Support Group said his organization would go to court over the issue and ensure justice prevails. Fuming over the matter, he said, the assault was shameful, uncalled for and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

He lamented the brutal treatment of journalists by the security agents saying it was unacceptable and vowing to go to court over the issue and ensure justice prevails. He said his group will not tolerate injustice.

The Nigerian Military has also promised to sanction the rowdy soldiers, who along with policemen brutalized the journalist.

Captain CD Egbeta of the Nigerian Army’s Military Police (MP) Unit denounced the attack the soldiers and police saying the act was unbecoming.

Capt. Egbeta said: “We are investigating the incident because the army will not tolerate unruly behaviour from soldiers.”