Bernard Oyekou, a cameraman of the privately-owned Le Gazette du Golfe media group was on December 4, 2007 arrested and physically assaulted by gendarmes at Ikpinle, Oueme, about 100 kilometres South-East of Cotonou, the capital of Benin.
Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) correspondent reported that Oyekou was arrested while covering a demonstration organised by members of a Regional Cooperative Union for Rural Development.
After his arrest, Oyekou was sent to the Pobè gendarmerie camp in Oueme, where he was tortured and his camera seized.
Kwame Karikari, Prof.
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