Journalists Manhandled While On Duty In Anambra state

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Five journalists from major national dailies have been left stranded by a team of fully armed police officers close to the home of the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi.

The Police officers, who came in five unmarked police vans, fully loaded and armed, trailed the journalists from the home of the vice presidential candidate where they covered him while voting.

The police officers, who refused to identify themselves, simply blocked the vehicle used by the journalists, ordering them out and collecting the keys to their vehicles, before releasing them and driving off with the keys, leaving the journalists stranded.

The journalists: Mr Nwanosike Onu of The Nation, Geoffrey Anyanwu of The Sun, David-Chyddy Eleke of DAILY POST, Vincent Ujumadu of Vanguard and Tony Okafor of Punch were denied opportunity to even introduce themselves, despite wearing INEC apron, provided for journalists.

One of the officers simply told the journalists that they were on instruction, and would not listen to anyone, not even journalists on duty.

It was  gathered that the officers, who were more than 50 in number, were on a coordinated operation to ensure that election coverage in the stronghold of the PDP in the state was characterized with fear.

The Anambra State police spokesman, SP Haruna Mohammed, who was contacted by the stranded journalists, promised to help retrieve the vehicle keys, while also promising to reach out to the stranded journalists who are helpless at Ogbu junction in Agulu, Anaocha local government area.

Shortly after the incident, one of the vans with policemen returned and requested to take away the driver of the vehicle, but the journalists resisted the arrest, causing the team to drive away.

As at the time of filling this news, the journalists are still stranded at Agulu.

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