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EndSARS: NUJ to boycott police over assault, arrest of DAILY POST Osun reporter

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the arrest of Sikiru Obarayese throughout Wednesday’s EndSARS memorial.

Obarayese, DAILY POST correspondent in Osun, was hounded by six policemen.

Round 1pm, officers deployed towards gatherings to commemorate the anniversary ambushed protesters at Outdated-Storage in Osogbo, the State capital.

Obarayese and different civilians had been crushed and arrested. The journalist was persistently hit regardless of figuring out himself.

On the instruction of Chief Superintendent Oyegbade Akinloye, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Dugbe Division, operatives took Obarayese to the station from Freedom Park.

There, one L. Yakubu punched him severally, whereas one Inspector Charles wrote a press release for him to signal.

The reporter blatantly refused and was charged to Osogbo Justice of the Peace Courtroom on trumped-up costs after some officers threatened to kill him.

The police two counts claimed breach of peace and recording/assaulting DPO Akinloye.

Justice of the Peace A. O. Daramola condemned using power and requested the prosecutor, Inspector Adeoye Kayode, to inform her when recording safety operatives turned an offence.

Daramola granted the request of the Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode, for withdrawal of the swimsuit and struck out the case.

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On Thursday, Osun NUJ Chairman, Wasiu Ajadosu and Secretary, Bukola Elufadejin, requested the police to apologize or face a boycott.

The officers stated the arrest and arraignment of Obarayese was gross violation of his basic human rights.

The NUJ chided Akinloye for ordering the arrest of the journalist and speedily arraigning him.

“The police must be civil in strategy and cease pointless power on residents performing professional duties.

“They need to give attention to felony components. The union will not tolerate abuse and harassment of its members.

“The Commissioner of Police should name his officers to order and educate them on the place of media within the activity of policing the state.

“If this command fails to take action, the union might not have some other choice than to cease reportage of all police actions”, NUJ threatened.

In Lagos, the police and the Neighborhood Security Corp brokers assaulted civilians on the Lekki Toll Gate.

The LSNA has commenced investigation of its personnel filmed through the assault.

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