Three operatives of the Department of State Services in Osun State on Monday brutalised and threatened to shoot two journalists, who were covering the protest by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees at the premises of the Osun State House of Assembly.
Our correspondent gathered that trouble started when the journalists: Timothy Agbor of The Point newspapers and Toba Adedeji of the Osun Defender were taking photographs of the protesters along the Gbongan-Osogbo Road towards the House of Assembly.
A female operative of the DSS dressed in a black T-shirt accosted Agbor and demanded his identity and his mission. The journalist was said to have told the lady that he was a journalist.
However, the operative was said to have been angered by the question Agbor asked in return, demanding her identity too.
Adedeji who narrated his ordeal to our correspondent said the female operative became angry and threatened to slap Agbor but the journalists dared her.
He said, “The lady demanded our identities and we told her that we were journalists. Timothy also demanded her identity since she was not wearing a uniform and she was not armed.
“This got her angry and she threatened to slap Timothy but he dared her to slap him. Before Timothy could finish uttering that statement, the lady rained slaps on him. Timothy managed to return one slap.
“After she slapped Timothy, another DSS operative grabbed my trousers but I managed to wriggle out of his hand. The man grabbed Timothy and the two of them started beating him (Timothy).”
Adedeji said NULGE officials intervened and rescued Timothy from the operatives and the journalists continued with their assignment.
However, some moments later, the operatives attacked us again, grabbed Agbor’s mobile phone and broke it into two, Adedeji said.
Agbor, who had a swollen face and some bruises in his face latter corroborated what Adedeji told our correspondent.
He said the Chairman of the NUJ Correspondent Chapel, Hammed Oyegbade and Secretary, Niyi Ajibola, together with the two brutalised journalists reported the case at the DSS Command in Osogbo.
Agbor said, “I was surprised that the man who quizzed us at the command, the Deputy Director and other top officials said I attacked a lady. That was the story the lady told them. But can I just slap a lady when I am not insane? I know they will do everything to cover up but God will judge all of them.”
The State Director of the DSS, Ike Madunagwu, when contacted by our correspondent on the telephone said he was not around.
He said the command would handle the case.