The Photojournalists Association of Nigeria has condemned the inhuman treatment meted out to its member, Mr Olukayode Jaiyeola, during a protest by the RevolutionNow movement at Maryland, Lagos on Thursday.
Olukayode Jaiyeola, a member of PUNCH was on a legitimate duty when the police attacked and injured him with a baton, which left him bleeding profusely.
The chairman of PJAN, Mr Abiodun Ajala, in a statement said that it had become one incident too many on the part of the police to attack members of the forth estate of the realm during protests.
“The role of the media is to gather and report events in a public space. Why must an identified journalist be treated in such an animalistic manner when not a criminal? Even a criminal is given fair hearing until proven guilty in the court of law.
“On September 16th, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law a new Police Act 2020 to replace the old Police Act 2004, which its key amendment is to, among other things, enhance professionalism in the police.
“In the section 37 of the Act 2020, it states ‘A suspect shall be accorded humane treatment and shall not be subjected to torture, cruelty, inhumane or degrading treatment.’
“We shall continue to be law-abiding citizens as long as the respect is mutual.
Members are ready to down tool as a form of protest next time such happens.”
He urged the institution to embrace the new Act and weed out the bad eggs.