Hoodlums Storm APC Secretariat in Ogun, Attack Journalists, Residents

Yet-to-be identified hoodlums have unleashed terror on journalists and residents of Leme, Abeokuta, when they invaded the state secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the morning of January 9, 2014, Thursday.


Suspected thugs are allegedly the members of the Ogun State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, who are believed to be loyal to the state government.

The group had invaded the APC secretariat at about 10.30 a.m. to stop a meeting of the members of the Harmonisation Committee scheduled to hold at the party office.

The rampaging hoodlums damaged cameras belonging to the correspondents of the Galaxy Television and MITV, Kunle Ojo and Taofeek Lawal, respectively.

The attackers, who were reportedly armed with various dangerous weapons and missiles, also snatched Blackberry phones belonging to the correspondent of the Radio Nigeria/Paramount FM, Mrs. Modupe Sobukola.

They also manhandled the journalists, including the State Correspondent of the Tribune, Olayinka Olukoya, while the soldiers and policemen deployed in the APC secretariat did nothing to stop them.

Scores of residents of the area were also seriously injured by the thugs, who turned violent against any member of the community in sight, and robbed some of them.

The attackers have reportedly vandalised the building of APC Secretariat in the state, as well as several cars at a dealer’s shop close to it.

The members of the state Harmonisation Committee, led by Senator Gbenga Kaka, later addressed newsmen at the Iwe Irohin Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

Source: Punch Nigeria