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Brutalised Independence

Olukayode Jaiyeola in pain

Innocent Adadu, a Nigeria Police office in Lagos State brutalised Olukayode Jaiyeola, a Journalist with The PUNCH Newspapers in the early hours of today (Thursday) at the Maryland area of Lagos State, this dastard act was carried out while he (Jaiyeola) was covering an October 1 peaceful protest in Lagos State.

The incident happened around 12 noon when the said policeman (Innocent Adadu) hit Jaiyeola’s head with a baton. Jaiyeola’s colleague and PUNCH reporter, Deji Lambo, who was at the scene, said Adadu hit Jaiyeola with such force that the photojournalist collapsed immediately, with blood gushing out of his injured skull.

He said Adadu tried to flee into a police vehicle after attacking Jaiyeola but “I grabbed his shirt, insisting that he had injured a journalist.”

Lambo said, “Adadu’s colleagues also shielded their own and whisked him into a police vehicle. They also pushed Jaiye into the same vehicle.”

He said Jaiyeola was taken to the Police Clinic in Ikeja, the state capital, where his injured head was stitched.

Jaiyeola’s camera was also seized by police officers during the encounter.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that hundreds of protesters stormed the streets of Lagos on Thursday to express their displeasure over bad governance in Nigeria.