Publisher of the National Forerunner Newspaper, based in PortHarcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and a Practicing Journalist John Amaowoh have petitioned the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) South South Zonal Headquarters over assault and manhandling by Presidential hotel Chief Security Officer(CSO) in Port Harcourt.
In the petition which was made available to Revelation agents online news, John Amaowoh revealed that,On the February 1st,2018 the National Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) meet at Presidential hotel,PortHarcourt,being the venue of the event.
At the opening of the event preceded a press brief at Ernest okoli press centre,PortHarcourt.Journalists were invited,especially for the day event and for adoption of the communiqué and presentation to the press,by his Royal Highness Alh(Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar,CFR Estu Nupe and Chairman ,Coordinating Committee.
The Port Harcourt based Journalist said it was on that invitation by the group he decided to go for coverage and as well get the text of the communiqué;little did he know that the CSO of the Presidential hotel,PortHarcourt was locking and planning to take his life on that fateful day.
According to the petitioner, on reaching the entrance of the hotel,he was stopped by one of the security. And he immediately showed him(Security) his identity card as demanded.According to the petitioner,the CSO whose identity could not be ascertained shouted on top of his voice that media were not invited for the event.The Publisher said he approached the CSO and showed him his identity card but he wouldn’t listen.He said after about 2 hours he approached the CSO again for the third time but the CSO instantly grew wild and by the time he could realize himself,he was already being manhandled and roughly lifted up and hit on the interlocking ground of the hotel by the said CSO,who instructed his boys not to mention his name to any person(s).The Journalist said following the actions he sustained some injuries on his left hand and ribs as a result of the violent blows by the said CSO.He said some of his belonging like recorder got missing.He urged the NHRC to invite the CSO for questioning,the CSO should be cautioned and disciplined in line with existing laws.The petition was copied to Nigeria Union of Journalist,Rivers State Council,the Zonal Coordinator Human Rights Commission,Secretary Civil Liberty Organization,Higher Kings Chambers PortHarcourt,Coordinator for Centre for Enviroment Right and Development and The Management of Presidential Hotels PortHarcourt.
Meanwhile Emmanuelle Epele Press Secretary to the Rivers State Chairman of Traditional Council Ruler Amanayabo of Opobo King Dandeson Jaja told Revelation Agents online News that Journalists must be allowed to do their Job.He condemned alleged assault on Journalists by Security operatives

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