|Wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Clara Chime|
In a nation where democracy is practiced, it is appalling and a big failure on the part of security agencies when stories like these are reported, why should any security detail attached to whoever lay their hands on a journalist? Very undemocratic.
Read how Punch reported the story after the cut...
Security details attached to the wife of Enugu State governor, Mrs. Clara Chime, attacked a photojournalist with the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Agada, on Friday evening.
The mobile policemen attacked Agada at the burial of an in-law to one of the special advisers to the governor, at Amebota Village, Ukana, in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Agada was taking photographs at the funeral ceremony, with Mrs. Chime and other top government functionaries in attendance, when the mobile police officers seized his camera.
Our correspondent observed that in spite of the intervention from organisers of the funeral, the policemen smashed the camera into pieces and severally punched and kicked the photojournalist.
One of the police officers, Corporal Joshua Ethoti, corked his gun and threatened to shoot Agada.
It was gathered that the policemen beat up Agada on the suspicion that he took their picture while they were drinking.
A market survey by our correspondent showed that the smashed Nikon D300 professional camera and SB 800 flashgun currently sells for about N700, 000.
When contacted on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer of Enugu State Command, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed that the matter had been reported to his office.
He said, “Yes, I got a call from somebody in NAN who said he was manhandled by mobile policemen attached to the Governor’s wife. I told him that he should write a petition to the command and also send a copy of the petition to the Chief Security Officer to the Governor and the Chief Press Secretary, since the policemen involved are attached to Government House. You know that we don’t condone such things.”
Amaraizu said necessary action would be taken as soon as the command received the petition.