Immigration recruitment: Police brutalise journalist, protesters
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.