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Journalist, RevolutionNow Protesters Arrested in Ondo

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Following an attempt by protesters of Revolution Now to shutdown the Benin-Ore highway during the protest, a journalist as well as one of the protesters were arrested by armed security agents in Ondo State on Monday, reports DailyPost.

It was gathered that Tosin Ajuwon, a journalist with Sahara Reporters was assaulted before being arrested by security agents.

Ajuwon was covering the RevolutionNow protest in Ore city when he was accosted and brutalized by armed policemen from the Ore Divisional Police Station.

Following an attempt by protesters of Revolution Now to shutdown the Benin-Ore highway during the protest, a journalist as well as one of the protesters were arrested by armed security agents in Ondo State on Monday.

It was gathered that Tosin Ajuwon, a journalist with Sahara Reporters was assaulted before being arrested by security agents.

Ajuwon was covering the RevolutionNow protest in Ore city when he was accosted and brutalized by armed policemen from the Ore Divisional Police Station.

The police had immediately chased away the protesters shortly after the arrest of the Ondo-based journalist alongside one of the protesters identified as Oladipupo Jelili.

Narrating his ordeal to journalists after his release, Ajuwon explained that all effort to explain his identify fell on the deaf ears of the armed policemen.

He said he was treated like a criminal as the fierce-looking policemen seized his recording gadget and bundled him into a waiting van.

“I was covering some group of protesters of the RevolutionNow who were making attempt to block the Benin-Ore expressway when the policemen stormed the road and chased them away.

“While it was going on, one of the officers who was heavily armed came to ask why I was filming and I easily identified myself as a journalist covering the protest.

“He immediately asked who gave me the authority to start covering protest in Ore, I told him I have the constitutional right as a journalist to do so, more so that it is in a public place.

“In fact, I have to tell him that the demonstrators also have the lawful right to assembly as granted under section 40 of the constitution and demonstrate so far their actions are peaceful.

“I feel they (policemen) were angered by these statements and they immediately arrested me.

“They collected my phone and bundled me into the Police waiting van for trying to perform my duty as a journalist

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