IPC Condemns Assault On Journalist By Edo State Lawmaker

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos–Nigeria has condemned the assault on journalist, Leftist Aimeuaewonso, who received slaps and punches from a member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Ephraim Aluebhosele when he questioned him on action being taken to fix an abandoned road in his constituency.

IPC in statement said reports reaching it's Safety Alert Desk states that, the journalist sustained varying degrees of injury after the assault by the lawmaker and some of his aides.

The statement signed by Melody Lawal, Press Freedom Officer at IPC, said the organization is of the firm opinion that the lawmaker had no legal right to beat up Aimeuaewonso notwithstanding the situation, as the act was very condescending for a duty bearer who has the responsibility to give account to the citizens who voted him into governance.

IPC therefore called for immediate action against the lawmaker, urging the Speaker of the House of Assembly to thoroughly investigate the incident and the lawmaker should be made to face the appropriate punishment for his actions. 

IPC demanded that a public apology should also be issued by the lawmaker and the journalist affected should be compensated appropriately.

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