Reporters Without Borders has condemned an attack on the deputy editor of a Nigerian daily newspaper, the Nigeria Tribune, who was beaten unconscious by prison guards and police while covering the aftermath of a prison riot.
Tope Abiola was among journalists who went to Agadi prison
in Ibadan on 11 September, the day after 40 inmates were killed during a riot.
He was taking photographs of bodies as they were being removed when police and guards attacked him, also beating journalists who went to his aid. Abiola was taken to hospital but
it is understood his life is not in danger.
‘Nigerian journalists are often subjected to violence on the least pretext, without anyone ever being punished,’RWB said. ‘We call on the government to put an end to this impunity by ordering investigations that result in those responsible being identified and punished, regardless of whether they are political party activists or police officers.”
In August, journalists called for an investigation into the death of Samuel Famakinwa, deputy editor of newspaper ThisDay, whose body was discovered in a hotel room in Maiduguri, Borno State.