On 10 March 2010, a combined team of security agents from the Anti-Terrorism Squad and anti-riot policemen attached to the Onitsha Area Command assaulted and detained four journalists for three hours for covering a peaceful demonstration. The demonstration was staged by members of the Association of Radio and Television Technicians Anambra State (ARTTANS) in the commercial city of Onitcha in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria. The affected journalists were Daniel Ukpai and Augustine Ngwu, both of whom are reporters for Minaj Broadcast International (MBI) in Obosi, MBI cameraman Samuel Nwabuisi and Ifeanyinwa Ede, a reporter for the Nigerian Television Authority in Onitsha. A Sony PD 170 digital camera belonging to MBI was also damaged by the policemen. 

Report Details

Report Type: Physical Attack
Location: Anambra
Victim: Daniel Ukpai and Augustine Ngwu
Affiliation: Police assault, briefly detain journalists covering protest
Assailant: Police