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Policeman Assaults Protester, Victim, Journalist In Abuja, Says 'You Are Protesting For Ashawo'

Nigerian man Adeeko Ademola was on Friday assaulted by policemen at the venue of the protest against the unconscionable conduct of policemen after officers were accused of raping and molesting female detainees.

Abuja based citizen, Adeeko Ademola, was harassed for daring to stop a policeman who was assaulting a journalist at the venue of the protest.

Mr. Adeeko, in an exclusive phone conversation with SaharaReporters, said the journalist was interviewing a victim of the police raid on women in Abuja when a policeman from the police media team came with his camera and started focusing on her face.

The lady (victim) had told the journalist that she didn’t want to appear on camera so she asked the policeman to stop filming her and the journalist joined voice to get the policeman to back off but he insisted on keeping the camera on the lady he referred to as “Ashawo” and this resulted into arguments between the policeman and the journalist.

According to Adeeko, the policeman in no minutes started choking the journalist and slapped him in the process.

“So, where I was standing, a lady who was a victim of the raid in Abuja was being interviewed by a Journalist and he was writing down the interview with her, the woman had told the journalist that “I don’t want to be on my camera, I’ll answer your questions but I don’t want my face on camera” which is pretty much normal for someone who’s a victim.

"Then, this policeman who was a media guy for the police, he was on police uniform, he had his own camera and he was going about recording what was happening then he got to where the journalist was interviewing the lady (victim) and he started pointing the camera at her and the lady said; “see Oga I don’t want to be on camera, there’s a reason I don’t want to be on camera, please take your camera off me.

"He didn’t listen, he insisted on filming her so the Journalist had to leave his own gadgets and said please we’re sorry, we’re currently interviewing this person and she has asked to remain anonymous kindly take your camera off her face, that was his very simple request.

"I was watching while all these were going on and I was hoping it won’t escalate because I was expecting the policeman to walk away but he insisted and when the woman was trying to hide her face he kept following her with the camera. So, at a point the journalist started challenging him saying; “No Oga, this is not right” then next thing I saw the police choking the journalist to the point that he slapped the journalist and his eyeglasses fell off from his face.” Adeeko narrated to SaharaReporters.

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