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A staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akure, Engineer Jide Bello has escaped death as he was this evening brutalised by soldiers enforcing ondo state government’s dusk to dawn curfew to check spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Jide was beaten by the soldiers on Ondo road, Akure on his way to his home from the office.
SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that despite the fact that the victim produced his NTA ID card to show he was on essential duties and exempted from restriction order, he was still humiliated.
Jide narrated his ordeal in the hand of the soldiers, “My unfortunate experience tonight in the hands of Nigerian army along ondo road after the evening news at exactly 1950hrs in the name of curfew declared by Ondo state government led by Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
“They asked for my identification in which I obliged but education is key in any field we belong, very unfortunate the military man could not understand what I mean by NTA and could not read anything from the I.D card but thank God for a superior officer that later intervened.
“And begged me but am looking out to sue Nigerian army and Oñdo State government for harassment. Am hereby subjecting myself to 14days isolation because I don’t know what they might done to my health.”
The Management of NTA reacted thus, “I have spoken with the Brigade Commander and he too vehemently condemned the unruly behavior of his men. He however apologized and promised to address the matter tomorrow.
“No doubt the act is condemnable and the culprits must be fished out because the Governor while announcing the curfew exempted Journalists and others on essential duties. I thank everyone for your prompt reaction.”
Also reacting, the Ondo state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Adetona Aderoboye described the act as unacceptable, inhuman and condemnable, adding that the Union would come up with a position.