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Journalists demand apology for alleged attack on colleagues

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos State Chapter,  on Thursday demanded an apology from the management of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, for alleged attacks on sports journalists.
The chapter said that three sports journalists were on Wednesday attacked  at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, after a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Week 31 between the host, 3SC, and Remo Stars.

In a statement signed by its Secretary, Bunmi Ogunyale, the chapter said that it  established the case of attack from its independent findings.

“Our independent findings, through a video clip, revealed that three journalists, Tobi Samuel Adepoju, Ayo Animasaun and Atinuke Esan, were assaulted after the 3SC and Remo Stars’ NPFL game,” it said.

The Chairman of the chapter, Debo Oshundun, said in the statement that the Ibadan-based 3SC should  write a letter of apology to the journalists.

Oshundun added that the club should replace the victims’ damaged items within 48 hours.

According to him, the journalists are members of the chapter.

He condemned  subjection of journalists to  traumatising situations while carrying out their professional duties.

“We are partners in progress with sports development bodies in Nigeria, but we have zero tolerance for assault on  our members.

“The management of 3SC should apologise to the victims in writing within the next 48 hours and ensure their damaged equipment are replaced,” Oshundun said.

The SWAN chairman also called on the club’s management to ensure that the perpetrators of the attacks would  be fished out and brought to book.

He also called on  the League Management Company to sanction 3SC for the conduct to serve as deterrent to others.

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