Journalists covering the homecoming of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who returned to Lagos State 12 days after he won the ruling party’s APC ticket, have been reportedly attacked by hoodlums.
The journalists were attacked while returning from the Palace of Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwanu Akiolu, where they had gone to cover Tinubu’s visit to the monarch.
Bola Tinubu was accompanied by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, and his Kano counterpart, Umar Ganduje, on the visit to the Oba.
The attacked journalists in the convoy were said to be attached to the Lagos State Governor’s office, it was learnt that two journalists were injured while their bus was vandalized.
The political event turned violent as hoodlums were said to have wielded cutlasses and sticks, and threw stones at the convoy bus conveying the journalists.
Earlier on Sunday, Bola Tinubu when landed in Lagos said it felt good to be back home. The former Lagos governor was welcomed by an excited crowd from the airport and he was seen waving at ecstatic supporters who hailed him.
His supporters who were waving brooms, which is an APC symbol, were chanting “Emilokan” as they followed his entourage.
In another development, The Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council, has condemned in totality the reported attack on journalists by some hoodlums and criminal elements in the state on Sunday.
Reacting to the incident in a statement on Monday signed by its Chairman, Adeleye Ajayi, the Lagos chapter of NUJ frowned at the attack, describing it as “dastard, barbaric, wicked and the height of lawlessness”.
The statement read, “We, therefore, call on the security operatives in the state to fish out the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to book in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
“Journalists in Lagos State will continue to discharge their constitutional duties as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, unhindered in whatever way.
“We, therefore, urge our distinguished colleagues to be calm, law-abiding and go about the discharge of their duties professionally, without any fear, as the NUJ will continue to engage all relevant stakeholders to prevent a recurrence.”