Osun rerun: Thugs attack journalists, destroy TV cameras

Suspected thugs attacked three journalists in Alekuwodo, Osogbo, where the rerun election is ongoing in Unit 17, Ward 5.

The journalists said they were on their way to the unit when the thugs attacked them.

The incident occurred at a junction near the polling unit which was cordoned off by security personnel.

The journalists, attached to Kaftan Television, said they wanted to get a situation report when the thugs struck.

Two of their cameras and a tripod were damaged.

One of the cameramen, Joel Chima, said a thug brought out a machete to attack him.

It took the quick intervention of a policeman who shot into the air to save him.

It was a close shave with death as the thugs descended on him; his lips were bloodied as he spoke with a shaky voice.

He said: “When we arrived, my reporter said I should get an aerial shot. Then I saw a group of people fighting.

“Before I knew what was happening, they started running after me. I tried to run away with my camera. They started beating me.

“They collected my phones as I lay on the ground and damaged my camera.

“One of them brought out a sparkling machete to attack me but a policeman shot into the air at that point and they fled.

“I thank God for saving my life. I don’t know why they attacked me. We had not even recorded anything.”

The reporter, Love Oyedokun, said she and her other colleague were also attacked.

“They hit me on the head. It was a terrible experience,” she said.

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