Journalist Manhandled by Govt House Security Operatives in Kogi Again

By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

Barely three weeks after the security operatives at Kogi State Government House beat the State Correspondent of Channels Television, another journalist have been beaten and molested again.

The Editor Daily Post online newspaper, Mr Wale Odunsi , was in Lokoja on the invitation of the online media team of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Odunsi told journalists that he was invited by the Special Assistant on new media Joel Odaudu Minister for an online summit held yesterday in Lokoja.

He explained that when he got to the government house gate security prevented him from gaining access eve after telling them about his mission.

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At this point, Odunsi except explained, “I called Odaudu who came to intervene but this infuriated them the more and one one them Ilya Ali slapped him, brought out his gun and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave the gate area

It would be recalled that Kogi state government house had been a no go area in the last one month as series of attacks have taken place there .

Only three weeks ago, Mr Segun Salami of Channels Television was beaten up,dragged on the floor and locked up in the government house cell.

Contacted,the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Joel Odaudu Minister said that it was not true the Mr Odunsi was brutalized in his presence.

Minister explained that it was true that Mr Odunsi was stopped at the gate for a routine check and that he came to the gate to identify him and pleaded with the security men to allow him but that he Mr Odunsi was abusive.

He also denied that Mr Ali   was ever slapped or threatened to he shot at.

“I came down to the gate immediately he called me and I witnessed the whole drama,at no time was he threatened, and he was not locked up any where, he did not even entered talk less of being locked up.What annoyed me was the way he was abusing the  security men even when I was trying to intervene,” Minister explained.

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