By: Mohammed Kaka Misau, Bauchi.
The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned in strong terms last Sunday’s brutal attack on the General Manager, JAMZ 100.1FM, Ibadan, Mr. Tony Awobode, reportedly by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his men from the Eleyele Police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The condemnation was made in a statement signed by the Program Manager, IPC, Stella Nwofia for the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade.
Aregundade expressed shock over yet another police brutality against a media professional and the unending nightmares such acts continue to constitute for the media in Nigeria.
“The high-handed and uncivilized manner in which some elements of the Nigerian Police handle issues with journalists represents nothing but the continuing gross violation of their fundamental human rights,” he stated.
IPC, therefore, demands that all the perpetrators of the attack on Don Tee should be fished out and prosecuted in addition to the payment of adequate compensation and settlement of the medical bills of the victim.
The statement recalled that the Western Daily News report of September 21, 2021, stated that: “The incident happened when Awobode, popularly known and addressed as Don Tee, who was riding a power bike, was stopped by the DPO alleging that his car mirror was hit by the power bike as the JAMZ FM GM was trying to cross towards the Aleshinloye axis.”
Efforts by Don Tee to explain that there was no mark or sign of friction on the side mirror led to further attacks on him as he later explained to the Chairman of the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Don Tee, according to the report, described his ordeal this way: “it was a case of arbitrary use of naked power”.