#ResumeOrResign: Senator condemns police attack on journalist

Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja
Anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on Tuesday condemned a police assault on a journalist working with one of his media outlets.

Uyi Amadin, a reporter with Silverbird Television, was brutalised by officers who cracked down on a group of anti-Buhari protesters on Tuesday afternoon

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the attack on Mr. Amadin, alongside entertainer, Charley Boy.

The police said they moved to disperse about a dozen citizens who camped at Unity Fountain in downtown Abuja, protesting President Muhammadu Buhari’s indefinite stay abroad on medical grounds.

The president has not stepped inside the country since May 7, 93 days ago.

The protesters had on Monday commenced the sit-out efforts, which they used to demand that the president either return to the country or resign immediately.

The protesters returned to the venue Tuesday morning.

Mr. Amadin, who covered the events, told PREMIUM TIMES he was brutally attacked by the police, alongside his cameraman.

Their camera was then snatched and its content was tampered with, he said.

The police accused the protesters of constituting public nuisance by disrupting vehicular traffic and harbouring individuals with criminal intents.

But Mr. Murray-Bruce, reacting to the development on Twitter, said his reporters, whom he described as “family”, were only executing their lawful duties.

“I condemn the police brutality on @SilverbirdTV’s Amadin Uyi. I don’t have staff. I have family and an attack on them is an attack on me.

“Uyi was doing his duties as provided by the law. Why should my family member be thus treated! This is an an attack on press freedom,” he added.

The senator admonished police Inspector-General, Ibrahim Idris, to launch a thorough probe of the violent attack against the reporter.


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  • Paul Graham

    The protest is a charade. How can less than a thousand people some of whom may not have voters card ask someone elected by over 15 milion people to resign. Has it occurred to anyone that baba could be considered under the law to be performing his official duties just by signing official documents and dictating to his Vice or even embassy staff. People work from home or anywhere. Nowhere in the Constitution is baba required to work from a particular spot, neither is there a time frame. Baba is not institutionalized, neither is he bed ridden. Unlike Nzeribe that has nurses in attendance in his recent photograph and the other one on a wheel chair. Baba received visitors un aided with no paramedics in sight and so what’s the big deal. It’s human to get sick and also human to seek treatment. The protest is uncalled for and will only enable the wolves to move in and probably return all the loots recovered by EFCC to their owners and clean up the treasury!