CACOL calls for probe into attack on Punch photojournalist

Sequel to the attack on Punch photojournalist, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has called for the probe  of  police officers and KAI officials by the Lagos police command.

In a press statement made available to Nigerian Pilot and signed by CACOL’s executive chairman, Debo Adeniran yesterday, Adeniran stated that it was necessary to draw the attention of the Commissioner of Police to the aberration perpetrated by some men of the Nigeria Police and some Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI officials who attacked a photojournalist working with Punch newspapers, Mr. Goke Famadewa, on Monday for taking pictures of illegal structures being demolished at Sandgrouse, Igbosere area of Lagos Island.

Adeniran said that the offence of the photojournalist, according to the police officers, was that he took the pictures of the demolished structures without taking permission from the officers on duty and as such Mr. Famadewa was allegedly beaten, dispossessed of his phone and camera and locked in a black Maria for more than three hours, despite presenting his identity card when he was accosted by the officers on duty.

He was later released after the pictures taken had been deleted from his camera.

Adeniran therefore noted that the violation of the constitutional rights of the Mr. Goke Famadewa is highly condemnable and must be handled the way of the law. “We therefore urge you, to immediately launch investigation into the case to ensure that justice is done and every officer that partook in this demeaning act is made to face the wrath of the law.”

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