Blood Flows As Ekiti Journalists Fight Dirty
Stones were engaged, after a heated argument that had erupted between the factional Secretary of Ekiti State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kelechi David, and another member, Kayode Babatuyi.
It is the extreme that the crisis rocking the Ekiti state chapter of the NUJ has reached.
Mr David, who is a staff of the state a broadcasting service, was beaten to a pulp, with injuries sustained here and there.
His body has not remained the same after the fight.
The said assault allegedly happened during the Areola Babalola led congress at the union Secretariat in Oke Bareke Ado-Ekiti.
According to an eyewitness, the spokesperson for Rotimi Feyisina campaign organisation at the botched election was attacked by the Kayode Babatuyi who contested for the post of the secretary.
"I was there when Kayode Babatuyi attacked Kelechi. He even said in my presence that he will start from Kelechi.
"He was the first person to attack Kelechi," the witness simply known as Ariyo explained.
But in defence, Kayode Babatuyi said he never meant to attack Mr David, insisting that Mr David had hit him first while the heated argument was on.
"The fact remained that I have no intention of wounding Kelechi. What for?
"We have been talking after the poll. He has called on several occasions to request for numbers of people.
"It was a hot argument that resulted in a fight. He was the first to pick a stone and hit me then I was angry and I lost my temper.
"However I am deeply sad by the incident because I never planned to fight. Both of us were not patient enough.
"I sustained injuries in my hand and leg but as human, I sympathise with Kelechi. I never knew he was hurt that much.
"I am not an animal that I will attack a colleague. It was a fight that I regret so much. Only kelechi and those that were there can say the truth," Mr Babatuyi said, regretting his actions.
Both persons sustained different degrees of injury in the brawl.
The crisis in the Ekiti State chapter of the NUJ that has now escalated to physical combat turned worse when the November 15 election to usher in new executive got disrupted by some aggrieved members.
That fracas led to the inauguration of the Amos Ogunride-led caretaker committee by the national leadership of the union.
Not satisfied with the decision of the national leadership, some aggrieved members of the union also inaugurated another caretaker committee led by Areola Babalola, thereby causing heightened tension between the warring factions.