The Whistler Condemns Assault, Arrest, Unlawful Detention Of Its Reporter, KasarachiI Aniagolu

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THE Whistler Newspapers has condemned “in the strongest terms” the alleged unlawful arrest, assault, and ongoing detention of its reporter, Kasarahchi Aniagolu by officers of the Nigeria Police Force operating within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ms Aniagolu, the newspaper says, was performing her journalistic duties while filming a raid on Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Wuse Zone 4 on Wednesday, 21 February 2024. 

According to the newspaper Despite clearly identifying herself as a journalist, she was allegedly manhandled, threatened, and her equipment confiscated. “She is currently being held at the Anti-Violence Crime Unit (formerly SARS office) in Guzape. 

“We are deeply disturbed by the complete disregard for press freedom by the Nigerian Police Force and the blatant violation of Ms Aniagolu’s fundamental rights. The physical assault and threats to her life are utterly unacceptable and a direct attack on independent journalism.

“Furthermore, the conflicting statements regarding the operation from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters and the FCT Police Command raise serious concerns about accountability and transparency. The respective authorities’ blatant denial of the operation further highlights the need for a thorough investigation into this undemocratic incident”. 

The Whistler therefore demands the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Anaigolu and an unreserved apology from the leadership of The Nigeria Police Force. 

We call for a swift and transparent investigation into her unlawful arrest, assault, and detention. Those responsible for these actions must also be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

“We urge all relevant authorities to uphold the fundamental rights of journalists and ensure their safety and freedom to report without fear or intimidation”, the statement signed by the newspaper management urges.  

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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