Nigeria ALERT: Photojournalist assaulted

Dare Fasube, a photojournalist with the Vanguard newspaper assigned to cover the national housing and population census exercise at the Ibadan North East Local Government Area in Oyo State in South west Nigeria, was attacked by Gbenga Adewusi, the Chairman of the Local Government.

Fasube was taking shots of the long queue of census enumerators who were fighting to collect their allowances at about 11am, when the enumeration exercise ought to have been in progress. On sighting him taking pictures, Adewusi rushed and pounced on the photojournalist, punching him several times. One of the policemen attached to the local government chairman joined his boss in battering the journalist.

They inflicted severe injuries on him and damaged his camera.Nigeria carried out a National Population and Housing Census between March 21 and 27, 2006.

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