Three Photojournalists Brutalised by Hoodlums During Protests


_115041661_gettyimages-1281478290On October 22, 2020 three photojournalists: Jimoh Ayodele, Deputy Editor, The Nation Newspapers; Abiodun Williams and Mike Otogo of The Economy Magazine, were attacked and brutalized by hoodlums at different locations in Lagos while covering the #EndSARS protests.

Reports have it that Jimoh, who is also the Internal Auditor of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Lagos State chapter, almost lost his life when he was attacked and brutalized at Mafoluku area of Lagos.

He had gone to get the shots of the burnt Makinde Police Station located in the Mafoluku area of Lagos. He narrowly escaped with his life following the beating he received.

Abiodun was attacked at Yaba area of Lagos and had his camera damaged.

Mike was attacked at Ojodu area of Lagos where he had gone to take shots of Ojodu Police Station set ablaze by hoodlums.

He too was lucky to escape, but his camera was snatched from him and smashed on the ground by the hoodlums.

Chairman, Photo Journalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN),  Lagos State chapter, Mr. Kola Olasupo, condemned the attack on three of its members while he also pleaded with protesters to see photojournalists as partners,  who believe in their cause,  and should therefore allow them to carry out their lawful  duties.