Nigeria: Security Aides Attack Journalists in Court

On June 27, 2016, security aides to Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, assaulted photo journalists who attempted to take photographs of some state officials.

The state officials, Dr. Bukola Saraki head of the Nigerian Senate and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu had arrived at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja to answer to charges of forgery of Senate rules.

The MFWA’s correspondent in Nigeria reported that the security operatives stationed themselves at the entrance of court and threatened to shoot photojournalists and television cameramen who had also positioned themselves to take pictures.

At a point the security details began to cover the cameras to prevent them from being able to take pictures.

Though the cameramen held that they needed to take cutaway clips to enable them to establish their story before the start of the court sitting, the security aides were not persuaded by their explanations and attacked them with gun butts.

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