The International Journalism Center, a Lagos based media NGO has condemned the shooting of journalists at APC governorship rally in Lagos on Tuesday.
In a statement signed by its Director, Mr Lanre Arogundade, the organization described the development as disturbing and advised the police, Lagos State government to apprehend the culprits.
“ The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria is highly concerned about the reported gun-attack on journalists who were covering the Lagos State rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
“According to news reports, among those that were affected by the unwelcome activities of gun wielding elements were the group political editor of The Nation Newspaper, Emmanuel Oladesu, New Telegraph correspondent, Temitope Ogunbanke and Ibile Television cameraman, Abiodun Yusuf.
“The News Editor of The Nation confirmed the incident to IPC stating that Mr. Oladesu was hit by a stray bullet and was receiving treatment in a hospital although in stable condition.
“IPC hereby reminds all political parties that the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage obligates them to ensure the safety of journalists covering their activities including campaigns.
“IPC therefore calls on the Lagos APC to urgently take appropriate steps to apprehend the alleged perpetrators of the bizarre attack with a view to handing them over to the law enforcement agencies for immediate prosecution, also as provided by the Code of Election Coverage.
Arogundade called on all journalists covering the on going campaigns to keep themselves abreast of all safety measure. “They should learn to stay away from political activities where rival gangs engage in show of force especially through display of weapons.
He urged journalists covering the elections to also bear in mind that they cover dangerous assignments requiring them to take insurance cover especially from their employees.
He appealed to the security agents on electoral duty, especially the Police, to consider the protection of journalists as part of their responsibility as envisaged by and indeed provided for by the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage.