NIGERIA [Insider] — Sunday Agbo, a reporter with Orient Daily Newspaper has narrated ugly confrontation between him and the men of Nigeria security operative, Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad(F-SARS) Ebonyi state command on Sunday.
The news reporter gruesome brutality and assault occurred when he [Sunday] made an attempt at taking picture coverage of a vehicle involved in an accident along Ezza Road within the state capital.
The security, in a bid to stop the journalist, applied force, which led to slapping and seizing cellphone gadget used for photo coverage. Sunday narrated.
According to gathered report, the vehicle, Toyota Corolla with registration number NASS FL 326 MGT, which rammed into the pavement along Ezza Road in Abakaliki city was said to belong to one Paul Agi, an accountant in the national assembly.
In his words: “This morning, I left my house very early as 6 am to re-fill my cooking gas only to run into an accident scene which probably occurred the previous night along Ezza Road. Because a picture cannot be underestimated in any reportage even though I had earlier ignored it, I made a u-turn to take some shots”.
“I tried to do a paparazzi but I could not get good shots. I took a more strategic position to take a better one, but suddenly in an unprofessional manner, a bloodthirsty police officer whose name was given as King Joe attached to F-SARS, Ebonyi state police command swooped on me.
”He pounced on me, landed slaps on my face and threatened to shoot me. He also seized my phone”.
“The police command should take proactive steps to prevent further attacks on journalists in Ebonyi state because behaviors of the likes of Joe would smear its image.
“I spent over three hours with him because he insisted he had reported the matter to their boss, and that I should go there and make a statement for my “crime”.
“Commissioner of Police, CP, Titus Lamorde Sumba, should rise to the occasion of ensuring that men like King Joe are shown the way out of the force”.
You will recall, weeks ago, report was released by the International Police Science Association, IPSA, and the Institute for Economics and Peace, a nonprofit organisation that brings together experts, researchers, and scholars concerned with security work from all over the world which put Nigeria as worst in the world.
The 2016 report, which was made available by World Internal Security and Police Index International, WISPI to the public, rated the Nigeria Police Force the “worst” globally in terms of its ability to handle internal security challenges.