While reporting the ongoing governorship and house of assembly elections in the Elegushi Palace region of Lagos State, the Arise Television team came under attack.
Oseni Rufai, a TV journalist, claimed on Saturday via his verified Twitter account that the cameras and drone used for coverage were taken away and a reporter was beaten.
“Arise crew attacked in Elegushi. The Arise TV crew was attacked and detained in Ikate, but no one else was detained despite threats, he tweeted.
“The cameraman received facial injuries while drones and equipment have been taken,” Arise TV also claimed in news published on its website.
At the time of publication, information on individuals who attacked the team was still hazy.
However, it was learned that the team was in the police station and that Idowu Owohunwa, the commissioner of police, had pledged to take immediate action.
As of the time this story was filed, calls and texts requesting information about the event were not returned to Benjamin Hundeyin, the state’s police public relations officer.
At the Oba Elegushi palace in the Lekki district of Lagos state, the Arise TV team was attacked while they were covering the state house of Assembly and the governor of Lagos elections. The reporter and cameraman were punched by the thugs, who also left them with bruises. The thugs allegedly also took the TV crew’s working instruments and forbade them from leaving the area, according to AriseTV.
According to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 14 journalists were assaulted, beaten, or detained on February 25 during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
This also applies to the Nigeria Police Force team’s assault on a PUNCHman in Rivers State.