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2 journalists arrested over protest for colleagues’ release, others dispatched with tear gas in Kwara

Two journalists have been arrested while others were dispatched with teargas while they were protesting and demanding the freedom of their colleagues from detention of the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin.

Two among the protesting journalists, on Friday morning, were apprehended by officers of the police as they demanded the freedom of their colleagues who have been detained since Thursday by the Police Command.

Toyin Saheed, a journalist with with Sobi FM, while confirming the incident revealed that many of them suffocated as the result of teargas by the police officers to dispatch them while two of the protesting journalists were arrested.

The spokesperson of the Kwara State Police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, while confirming the arrest of two protesting journalists on Friday, said the two newsmen were causing trouble.

He added that the journalists came to the Police Command to incite trouble.

“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 image maker of the Police also said that the arrested journalists will also be dragged to court for causing and inciting violence.

The Informant247 had earlier reported that the Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) has condemned the position of the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, CP Paul Odama over the alleged defamation case which involves Dare Akogun and Abdulrasheed Akogun.

ASKOMP made this revelation via a statement signed by both its Chairman and Secretary, Shola Salihu Taofeek and Oyewale Oyelola respectively.

The associate of media practitioners in the state has described the manner the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, Mr Paul Odama forced the duo to pen apology letter to petition masterminded by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to Kwara State.

The association has also revealed that such case of defamation has procedure for prosecution which has to be religiously followed without political interference from the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led Kwara State Government.

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