The Guardian reporter, Eniola Daniel, has been awarded the Torch Bearer of Press Freedom Award by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in recognition of his efforts in promoting press freedom in Nigeria.
The award ceremony was held in Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, on May 5, 2021. Other recipients of the award are King Solomon Ekhaiyene of Ovation Media Group; Adepoju Tobi, KehindeShonola of The Vanguard Newspapers; Isaac Ayodele of The Nation; Wale Amoo of The Business Day and Prince BamigbalaAdemola of The Scope News International Magazine; Sunday Adesanya of West Africa Business; KayodeJaiyeola of The Punch; AbiodunOmotoso of The National Wire; Michael Otogo of The Economy; Abiodun Williams of The Nation, and BunmiAzeez of Vanguard.
The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, while congratulating the awardees through its Secretary, Mr.TundeOlalere, stated that: “The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists heartily congratulates members of our great council, who have been nominated as recipients of Torch Bearers of Press Freedom Awards … by the National leadership of the NUJ.”
“This prestigious award has become necessary following acts of brutality, harassment, arrest, imprisonment, and assaults suffered by journalists in the course of their job.”
The council, led by AdeleyeAjayi, felicitated with these members, urging them to keep the flag flying and not to relent in promoting initiatives geared towards uplifting the freedom of the press in Nigeria.
Eniola Daniel was on February 28, 2021, attacked and assaulted by about six officers attached to the Lagos State Police command, led by CSP Shola Jejeloye, while at the scene of a demolition exercise of shanties along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
While filming the exercise, the police officers pounced on him, beating him black and blue despite showing his identity card that shows he is a reporter with the Guardian newspapers.
In the process, he lost some of his valuables and work tools. It took the efforts of some ‘good Samaritans’ to save him and rush him to the hospital for treatment.