Police, youths clash: Catholic bishop flays assault on journalists


The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, on Friday, condemned the alleged attack on journalists by protesters during the recent clash between the police and youths in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The news crew of the Anambra Broadcasting Service was reportedly lynched and the station’s official bus vandalized during the protest.

According to reports, the cameraman, Nicolas Johnson, was physically assaulted and the sums of N8, 000 stolen from him, while the reporter, Chibuzo Okoye and driver, Jossy Ugochukwu, sustained injuries in the mob attack.

Reacting to the development, Ezeokafor described the incident as absurd, wondering what could warrant such actions on persons carrying out their lawful duties.
“Why attack these harmless and hapless individuals? These people are out there hunting for news. Why lynch them? Why go after their station’s official vehicle even to the point of vandalizing it?” he queried.

The cleric explained that media practitioners in the state and Nigeria in general deserved to be encouraged, protected and cared for by all, stressing that “without the media, the world would had been in darkness.”

He enjoined the community leaders to call their youths to order to forestall future recurrence.



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