Governor Emmanuel’s security aide assaults journalist

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The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ)Akwa Ibom State Council, condemned an alleged assault on a journalist in the state by a policeman, Ezra Yuguda.

Mr. Yuguda, Deputy Superintendent of Police, is the commandant of Government House, Uyo.

The officer allegedly assaulted the journalist, Harrison Essien, who works for the public radio station AKBC-Radio, while he (Essien) was covering the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in the state.

The incident occurred on May 22 at the PDP State Secretariat in Uyo.

The PDP accredited Mr. Essien to cover his state and National Assembly primaries.

The reporter told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday the officer slapped him in the face and threw him to the ground.

He said the officer ordered everyone out of the party office around 10 a.m. and started chasing people.

The officer allegedly assaulted him as he presented his press ID and tried to explain to him that he was accredited to cover the primaries, Mr Essien said.

Two other journalists carried him from the ground and helped him into a car after the incident, he said.

The NUJ, in a statement issued on June 3 after its congress, demanded an apology and the expulsion of Mr. Yuguda from the seat of government in Akwa Ibom.

The statement was signed by NUJ State Chairman, Amos Etuk, and Secretary, Dominic Akpan, among other journalists.

The NUJ has also petitioned the state police commissioner, demanding compensation for the assaulted journalist.

State police spokesman Odiko Macdon said he was unaware of the incident.

Mr. Macdon asked for the press release that our reporter forwarded to him, but did not respond to other calls, however, such as when filing this report.

Mr Yuguda was involved in a similar incident in May 2021 when the Nigerian State Bar Association staged a peaceful protest at Government House, Uyo against agitation for judicial autonomy.

In the video clip of the incident published on facebookM Yuguda could be heard shouting “I’ll smoke you if you pass by here”, to the lawyers who wanted to address the governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel.


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