…Seeks Compensation for Don Tee
The International Press Centre (IPC) has condemned in strong terms last Sunday’s brutal attack on Mr. Tony Awobode, the General Manager (GM) of JAMZ 100.1FM, Ibadan and demanded the arrest and prosecution of the police officers allegedly involved.
Mr. Awobode was reportedly attacked by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his men from the Eleyele Police station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Media reports on September 21, 2021 maintained that the incident happened when Mr. Awobode, popularly known and addressed as Don Tee, who was riding on a power bike, was stopped by the DPO alleging that his car mirror was hit by the power bike as the JAMZ FM GM was trying to cross towards the Aleshinloye axis.
It was gathered that efforts by Don Tee to explain that there no mark or sign of friction on the side mirror led to further attacks on him as he later explained to the Chairman of the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Don Tee, according to the report, described his ordeal as “a case of arbitrary use of naked power”.
In a statement, the Executive Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, expressed shock over what described as yet another police brutality against a media professional and the unending nightmares such acts continue to constitute for the media in Nigeria.
“The highhanded and uncivilized manner in which some elements in the Nigeria Police handle issues with journalists represents nothing but the continuing gross violation of their fundamental human rights”, he stated.
The IPC then demanded that “all the perpetrators of the attack on Don Tee should be fished out and prosecuted in addition to the payment of adequate compensation and settlement of the medical bills of the victim.”