Abuja - Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the beating of a local journalist by soldiers while the newsman was on his way to work recently.
Soldiers allegedly assaulted Wole Balogun, a journalist working with one of the national newspapers, for unknown reasons.
The governor through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, described the physical attack as unwarranted, barbaric and an action not welcomed in a democratic setting and peaceful situation that currently exists in Ekiti State.
He warned all the security agents operating in the state to be wary of actions that could paint the state in bad light in the eyes of the world.
"Whatever that happen in the state always attract public analysis," Fayosa said.
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“Security agents should exercise restraint in dealing with civilians especially when there is no crime or civil disobedience inherent; even at that one could still be courteous in situations like this,” the statement read
The governor also enjoined the people of the state to be law abiding and desist from what could readily cause "embarrassment" from the security agents.
"Appropriate steps would be taken to deal with this reckless molestation of civilians in Ekiti State," he warned.
He expressed his concerns for the smooth operations of journalists and journalism profession in the state and assured all journalists both within and outside the state that his relationship with them would always be cordial and robust.
- CAJ News