#OsunRerun: Police Disperse PDP Members With Tear Gas
Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) protesting against the conduct of Thursday’s governorship rerun election in Osun State were allegedly attacked by men of the Nigeria police Force.
The members were teargassed and shot at, as they were approaching the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC) in Osogbo, the state capital.
On sighting them, police officers, who were under a tree few metres from the INEC office, fired gunshots into the air and several tear gas canisters at the protesters.
While the assault on the supporters ensued the police equally battered and seized the phone of a journalist working with Galaxy Television.
Segun Falomo, a duly accredited journalist, was teargassed at close range and beaten by the officers.
He was accused of snapping photos of them while they were shooting tear gas to disperse protesters who were approaching the headquarters.
Falomo was under one of the trees receiving a call while the brouhaha ensued.
On sighting the journalist, some police officers barked at him to end the call, an order he resisted.
The call was forcefully ended by the officers who seized his phone and ordered him to go inside the INEC premises or leave the area.
Falomo’s insistence on retrieving his phone earned him beating from the officers.
Upon his protest, one of the officers fired tear gas few metres to his feet.
He was eventually roughly dragged away in what seemed like an arrest.
The officers gave an order for all journalists and observers present to vacate the location.
His phone has not been released as at press time.
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