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General News of Friday, 14 October 2022


Kwara Police tear gas, arrest journalists protesting colleagues’ arrest

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Police have arrested two journalists while they dispatched others with tear gas while protesting for the release of colleagues held by the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin.

Two journalists, Dare Akogun and Abdulrasheed Akogun, were invited and have been detained since Thursday by police over a petition by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

The siblings, according to the information, will be charged on Friday.

In another development, on Friday morning, police arrested two journalists for protesting for the release of their colleagues who have been in detention since Thursday.

According to a journalist with Sobi FM, Toyin Saheed, many of them suffocated as the result of chemical compounds used by the police to dispatch them while two other journalists were picked.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the arrest of two journalists protesting on Friday.

Okasanmi said the two journalists were arrested for causing disturbance.

According to him, the journalists came to the Police Command to incite disturbance.

“We don’t use protest to ask for the release of people in police custody. Either you go to court or approach IPO. We talk to them and they fail to listen so police had to dispatch them and we arrested two among them and they will be charged to court.”

The Police spokesperson explained that the protesting journalists will also be charged in court for inciting violence.