Police threaten to kill journalist for covering June 12 protest

Members of the Nigeria Police Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) on Saturday told journalists covering the June 12 protests in Lagos to “better go home” as they were “playing” with their lives.

The CTU officials had taken a white bus to Freedom Park, Ojota, the venue of the protests, FIJ counting at least five of them in red helmets and berets, all armed with AK-47 rifles.

“You are playing with your lives, better go home,” a light-skin CTU officer told two FIJ journalists.

The CTU and policemen told journalists to leave the protest grounds, saying no pictures or videos should be taken.

One of the officers identified as Ugo Nnakwe displayed his tear gas canister with the intention of detonating it if the journalists did not move away.

The heavy presence of security officers at the Ojota expressway continued as they made a show of force by blaring sirens and driving around the express.

Foundation for Investigate Journalism (FIJ)

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