Fayose’s Thugs Beat PUNCH Reporter To Stupor In Ekiti

                                                  One of the road blocks in the state
A Punch correspondent in Ekiti State while going about his
job yesterday was descended upon by the governor’s thugs who were keeping watch
on the house of assembly complex, to prevent APC lawmakers from coming in to impeach
the Governor.  Kamarudeen Ogundele said
his offence was taking photographs of women praying for peace in the State at
about 200metres away. They descended on me, tore my dress and even the police couldn’t
save me at first, he explained. According to Punch Newspaper, the Governor has
however apologised for the offence of his thugs. Below is how Kamarudeen
explained what happened to him.

“I was about leaving the place when I saw the women praying
for peace to reign in the state. I felt it was a spiritual approach to the
trouble in the state, so I decided to take the picture. The thugs emerged from
their hideouts and swooped on me.
“I kept shouting ‘I’m a journalist’ but they did not show me
mercy as they pounced on me. They were like 50 persons kicking me all at the
same time. They dragged me out of the car and continued hitting me. At a time,
one of them went to carry a big plank of wood in an attempt to hit my head.
“Two policemen raced to the scene to intervene but they were
overwhelmed by the mob. One of the policemen started shouting, ‘run, run, run,
don’t let them kill you!’ I thought the end had come because they continued
beating me. Luckily for me, a few among them felt they had beaten me enough and
started fighting their colleagues to let me go. I capitalised on their
disagreement and with the help of the police, I quickly escaped.”

The governor later called one of the leaders of the Nigerian
Union of Journalist in the state to apologise for his supporters’ action. He
also expressed regret over the mob action, Punch said.

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