The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo’s Security aides were said to have beaten up a photojournalist with the Vanguard Newspapers, Abayomi Adeshida who was attached to the Aso Rock Villa, on Thursday.
Sources revealed that the incident took place at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja where the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, chaired by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, organised a summit.
The assaulted photographer was said to have been taking photographs of the vice president at the exhibition stand when Department of State Services operatives pounced on him as Osinbajo was being presented a copy of magazine as souvenir.
While narrating his bitter experience, the photo journalist revealed that he did not do anything out of the ordinary before the security operatives started hitting him, dragged him over the floor and damaged his professional camera, right in the presence of the Vice-President.
He said “I was shocked when these DSS operatives started beating me for no reason. They tore off my Presidential Villa accreditation tag on the shirt and dragged me on the floor while hitting me and kicking me,” he said.
“I believe they would have done much worse if not for the intervention of the Vice-President’s aide-de-camp, who I noticed was making hand movements for them to leave me alone.
“I am feeling pains all over my body and a particular sever pain on my right leg on which I don’t even know what they hit me with.”
The incident happened a day after 35 aides of the Vice-President were bye reported sacked on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is away on a private visit to the United Kingdom.