Im­mi­gra­tion re­cruit­ment: Po­lice bru­talise jour­nal­ist, pro­test­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­wa­siu Has­san, Flo­rian Haenes & Ron­ald Mu­tum

Ac­tivists protest­ing and de­mand­ing the sack of un­der fire min­is­ter of In­te­rior Abba Moro were on Wed­nes­day man­han­dled by se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives in Abuja, in­flict­ing in­juries on a Ger­man free­lance jour­nal­ist with Daily Trust, Flo­rian Haenes, who was cov­er­ing the protest.

The pro­test­ers led by Azeenarh Mo­hammed and Japheth Omo­juwa say Mr Moro must re­signed or be sacked by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan for su­per­in­tend­ing a re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise of the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice where at least 16 ap­pli­cants lost their lives in a stam­pede.

They are also seek­ing for Moro’s prose­cu­tion.

The ac­tivists ar­rested on Wed­nes­day in­cluded Azeenarh Mo­hammed, Japheth Omo­juwa, Calvin Lawal, Mgunola Joh­son, Uche Briggs and a re­porter with Daily Trust, Flo­rian Haenes.

They were de­tained at the FCT Po­lice Com­mand and re­leased hours later at 7:30pm and asked to re­port rou­tinely to the com­mand.

Trou­ble started when the ac­tivists on their way to the old Federal Sec­re­tariat for the protest tagged “cre­ative ac­tivism” were stopped and ar­rested.

The Daily Trust re­porter, who was ar­rested while try­ing to get a photo shot of the heavy de­ploy­ment of se­cu­rity men at the area one round­about, said he was hit on the face twice by a Prison war­den.

While men of the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice con­fis­cated the phones of the ac­tivists and that of the Daily Trust re­porter, the Po­lice ef­fected their ar­rested.

Though the ac­tivists had planned to take 11 empty coffins rep­re­sent­ing some of those who died at Im­mi­gra­tion re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise to the of­fice of the min­is­ter, they were not with the coffins when they were ar­rested.

They were taken to the FCT po­lice Com­mand where they were re­leased on bail around 7.30pm.

Japheth Omo­juwa how­ever vowed that they will still deliver the coffins to Abba Moro next week.

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