Kogi Govt. orders immediate investigation into alleged assault on journalist
Lokoja– Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has ordered an immediate investigation into the alleged assault on journalist, Wale Odunsi, Daily Post deputy editor, by the security aide attached to the Kogi Government House.
Bello gave the directive in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Onyegbule, in Lokoja on Thursday.
The governor expressed deep shock on the alleged misconduct of the security personnel and promised that all the allegations would be thoroughly investigated to ascertain the reasons behind such act.
“I have ordered the relevant authorities to keenly investigate the alleged assault on the journalist so as to get to the root causes of such action and take the necessary decision.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation to know exactly what happened. Our government is a responsible government that does not condone any act of violence or maltreatment of innocent persons who are law abiding.
“We are assuring the general public that appropriate actions will be taken once the investigations are concluded.
“Our government would do everything possible to forestall any future re-occurrence of such incident”. Bello restated.
The governor, therefore, appealed to the allegedly maltreated journalist over the alleged misconduct of the security personnel.
Governor Bello, however, restated that the main reason for the media summit is to foster a good and cordial relationship between the government of Kogi State and the Media.
He added “the media is very critical to us as a government and we will do everything possible to protect their interests.
“The summit is geared towards improving government policies through social media advocacy to showcase the unmatchable achievements of the New Direction Government”.
It would be recalled that Mr Wale Odunsi, a deputy editor at Daily Post, on Wednesday alleged that he was attacked by the security personnel attached to Kogi state government house.
According to the journalist, a mobile police personnel, Iliya Ali, attached to the Kogi Government House had threatened to shoot him at the gate, when he came to honour an invitation for the rescheduled Kogi State Social Media Summit.
The programme was slated for Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October 2017.