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Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Islie: 5:40pm On Oct 21, 2020
No fewer than 20 policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in the Alausa area of the state brutalised two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, while covering the #EndSARS activities in the area on Wednesday.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday declared a 24-hour curfew to stem the tide of the growing violence in the state but allowed those on essential services such as health workers, security operatives, and pressmen to carry out their legitimate duties.

Dawodu and Odunayo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

The PUNCH gathered that the duo was recording a live video of the activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the Expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards but they refused to let us go.


“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement but we refused.

“Each time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they want was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we said the truth.”


Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that prior to their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

PUNCH

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by jplusnaira: 5:42pm On Oct 21, 2020
OK they can never change we know

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Racoon(m): 5:46pm On Oct 21, 2020
This is a more reason why I dont have pity now for the police.The impunity and lawlessness by these cursed black-uniformed men will never stop.Injustice begat injustice.

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by 360degreess(m): 5:47pm On Oct 21, 2020
.. This is bad.
But on the other way round, I pity lagosians that are allowing themselves to be used by one "particular people" to destroy their own state. They will regret their actions after the crisis. We all know the intentions of those "particular people" towards this country for long. They are on social media always creating tension and fake news so as to achieve their evil agender. Two wrongs can't make a right.

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by nairalandankrah: 5:48pm On Oct 21, 2020
You can imagine

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Ifesinachi22(m): 5:49pm On Oct 21, 2020
For Buhari's insensitivity: History might repeat itself:

As military head of state in the 80's buhari was overthrown by his military colleagues specifically because of his insensitivity/tribalism, sectionalism; refusing to listen or take advice, impunity, injustice and failed policies.

Fast forward to 2015; Buhari was repackaged and sold to nigerians as a changed democrat by Tinubu and co.

But as soon as Buhari came to power; insensitivity to nigeria's diversity; nepotism, impunity, constitutional violations, failed policies etc became hallmarks of his administration.

All those who advised him to toe a different part were routinely derided and abused by a president who refused to listen.

The chickens are now coming back home to roost. If Buhari is removed as is seeming increasingly likely, history would only have repeated itself.

Buhari is the worst president in nigeria's history

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Temitopemo6e6(m): 5:51pm On Oct 21, 2020
If you are enjoying Nigeria and your father is a thief, One of the Politician and you are comfortable, you will be asking silly questions like why are these boys like this? Because the most population of Nigerians have suffered while a handful were busy looting, and you who can run abroad, secured from the hunger because your father is one of the robber. Keep asking. It will get to you

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by LightOnScams: 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
To hell with Nepotism.

We want a new Nigeria!!

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Nazgul: 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
Please I just heard that the captured DPO in Rivers State has been beheaded by the angry mob. How true is this?

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by jericco1(m): 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
Wait for the CP to debunk this angry angry

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by WhizdomXX(m): 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
So this police brutality hasn't still come to an end
Please those burning buildings should stop for God's sake. I know most are hoodlums but don't give this evil government another reason for a massacre. Any Polithiefcian sponsoring this evil destruction, you and your children will suffer the consequences for 600 years. You will not see joy.
NIGERIA MUST BE GREAT AGAIN.GOD BLESS US
#endsars #endfailedleaders! #restructuringnow!!

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by bestman09(m): 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
sad

A leopard can never change it's spots no matter what.

Nigerian police is a terrorist group

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by SimplyFacts: 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
Sorry ooo

Atije atimu naa ni o

Olorun o ni pe tiyin ni'ya.

The new Nigeria should be your appeasement

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by paulolee(m): 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by WhizdomXX(m): 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
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Look at this monikers above , they are people hired to spill hate and spread hatred by their paymasters ...
They use divide and rule tactics to subjugate the south........They have more than 3 different monikers on Nairaland that they use to spread hatred
No more dividing southerners.....
Say no to old POLITICAL hags ...
Divide and rule tactics will fail this time. Any evil person secretly trying to undermine the unity of sane hardworking Nigerian youths would be put to shame. God is not asleep. The Egyptians we see today we shall see them no more. Nigeria go better, the sacrifice of the wise will not be in vain
NIGERIA MUST BE GREAT AGAIN.GOD BLESS US
#endsars #endfailedleaders! #restructuringnow!!

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by superior1: 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
Make press also see wetin youths dey suffer daily make dem for learn.

#EndPoliceBrutality
Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by sammyj: 5:57pm On Oct 21, 2020
shocked
Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by ProfAmaben: 5:58pm On Oct 21, 2020
Police don enter one chance.

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by ugwuishi(m): 5:58pm On Oct 21, 2020
Black na black.
Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Suspect33(m): 5:58pm On Oct 21, 2020
You can't fight a spiritual battle with knives and sticks, what's happening in Nigeria now is beyond the comprehension of the carnal mind.

Only prayer and total surrender to God can set us free

NB; Nigeria is merely a religious nation

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by QueenEstherh(f): 5:58pm On Oct 21, 2020
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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by DMerciful(m): 5:58pm On Oct 21, 2020
Bubu promised that the dogs and the baboons will be soaked in blood. Sadly, he is fulfilling only this promise cry

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by ProfAmaben: 5:59pm On Oct 21, 2020
360degreess:
.. This is bad.
But on the other way round, I pity lagosians that are allowing themselves to be used by one "particular people" to destroy their own state. They will regret their actions after the crisis. We all know the intentions of those "particular people" towards this country for long. They are on social media always creating tension and fake news so as to achieve their evil agender. Two wrongs can't make a right.
And that tribe would always be Igbo undecided

You are a degenerate.

Where is AbdulRasheed Maina you kleptomaniac Northerners? You demons have destroyed this nation with nepotism, stealing and looting.

Northerners are not happy with the present Southern unity.

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Nobody: 5:59pm On Oct 21, 2020
LightOnScams:

To hell with Nepotism.

We want a new Nigeria!!
Honestly

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by chimezieeze98: 5:59pm On Oct 21, 2020

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by Youthleader22(m): 5:59pm On Oct 21, 2020
I don’t pity our useless and corrupt media outlets. Whatever happens to them is no news to me. You all our enemies.
Know your enemies Nigerian youths. The president Buhari, your state governors. The Police, the government and Nigerian army.
Fight back and don’t die not trying.
#Endnigeriagovernmentnow

Modified: And if you see any supporter of Buhari. They are your enemies too.

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Re: Lagos Policemen Torture PUNCH Journalists Covering #EndSARS Protests by NigerianAustral(f): 6:00pm On Oct 21, 2020
Bullies

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