The International Press Centre, IPC, has applauded the effort of Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Hon. Tunji Bello, on the case of assault meted on a Journalist with The Guild Press Limited, Mr Benjamin Anaja, by some operatives of the State’s ‘Kick Against Indiscipline’.
According to a statement by the Program Officer/ Safety Alert Officer of IPC, Ms Melody Lawal, on Thursday, February 4, 2021, the Centre particularly appreciated the apology tendered to the concerned Journalist by the State Government; also welcoming the pledge by the Commissioner to thoroughly investigate the incident.
According to the statement, the Executive Director of IPC, Mr Lanre Arogundade said: “The position of Hon. Bello as contained in the press release issued on his behalf by Mr Kunle Adeshina, Director (Public Affairs) MOE&WR, that there would be thorough investigation, tallies with our demand that justice must be done in this matter and we are okay with it”.
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Mr Arogundade called on the State Government to also organise a special orientation for its law enforcement agents on mutual beneficial engagement with Journalists anytime their paths cross on the line of duty.
It would be recalled that the IPC had earlier condemned the attack on Mr Benjamin, calling on the State Commissioner for Environment to intervene and probe the incident so that the alleged culprits could be brought to justice.