Metro Times’ reporter based in Anambra, Solomon Musa has been violently attacked by hoodlums in Isu-Aniocha, Awka North Local Government Area.
Musa was attacked on February 5 when he went to deliver a documentary tape in the community.
Narrating his ordeal, Musa said the hoodlums appeared from different directions with weapons and start shooting in the air. One of them placed a pistol on his forehead then began beating him up. One of the hoodlums seized his phone and shattered it on the flour then confiscated all his media equipment.
His vehicle was also vandalised by the gunmen as he pleaded with them not to kill him and informed them that he came to the area for a documentary.
The gunmen seized his Mark Laptop, Apple HP laptop, wrist watch, international passports, National ID card, car battery, Designer eye glasses, Canon Camera 6D Mark II, Bank ATM cards, one thousand US dollar note, driver license as well as other document.
The reporter who luckily survived the attack with injuries was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
However, when the incidence was reported to the Anambra State Police Command, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer told Metro Times that they were incharge of the situation.
Meanwhile, 48 hours after the incident, when the Youth Chairman in the area was contacted, he facilitated and took Metro Times reporter to the hideout of the unknown gunmen to plead on his behalf.
He later helped him to recover his Mark Laptop, Apple HP Laptop, HP Laptop, NOTE dropout computer tablet, Vivo Android phone, Students ID card, Bank ATM cards and Business card.
The Nigerian Army lead by Captain Philip Onibon, also later helped the Reporter in the recovery his Toyota Corolla 2007 in the attack scene.
Metro Times therefore condemned this gross violation of press freedom
meted by unknown gunmen against its reporter while carrying out his legitimate duty in Anambra State.
Photo: Solomon Musa, Metro Times reporter attacked by gunmen in Isu-Aniocha in Anambra by gunmen.
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