The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria,
has condemned the arrest of journalists who were
covering a peaceful protest on the fuel price
increase in Yaba, Lagos State on Thursday.The four arrested journalists are Ifeoluwa Adediran
Reporters, Awoniyi Oluwatosin of Objective Media
and Daniel Tanimu of Galaxy Television.
The statement released by IPC’s Program Officer,
Melody Akinjiyan revealed that the spokesperson
for the organizers of the protest – the Socialist
Party of Nigeria – Comrade Hassan Soweto was
The statement read: “The cameras and phones of
the journalists were seized while they were taken
to the Lagos State Police Command.
“IPC disapproves of the harassment and
brutalization of the journalists in the course of
legitimate duty and particularly decries the seizure
and damage of their working tools “IPC demands the immediate and unconditional
release of the journalists. The Police should also
return their seized gadgets and pay compensation
for the damaged ones.
“IPC reiterates that the right to peacefully
assembly to ventilate grievances over government
policies is covered by the laws of the federation
and should not be tampered with arbitrarily.”