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Nigerian Journalists Arrested & Brutalised In South Africa For Covering Super Eagles Departure

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Nigerian Journalists Arrested & Brutalised In South Africa For Covering Super Eagles Departure

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Feb 13, 2013 – Nigerian Journalists Arrested & Brutalised By South African Police For Covering Super Eagles Departure

Two Nigerian journalists were harassed, brutalised and detained for lack of good reasons by South African police in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

South Africa Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Debo Oshundun and Deputy Editor of the Sun Newspapers, John Joshua-Akanji were cornered by policemen when they were on their way to cover the departure of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations champions the Super Eagles, at the OR Tambo Airport, South Africa.

Joshua-Akanji told about his ordeal at the hands of the South Africa Policemen.

“I thank God we are still alive because we could have been shot. I have never been in that situation in my life. I was dragged on the floor kicked and brutalised. I and John Joshua-Akanji were disposed of our phones, my keys and we couldn’t contact anybody. We were detained for two hours and I was really traumatised for the time the police dealt with us and still imagining it up till now”, the Weekend Editor of the Soccer Star disclosed.

Joshua-Akanji had to miss his South African Airways flight due to this unfortunate incident.

I am perplexed and short of words to describe the way I felt during and after our ordeal in the hands of the policemen here. I have not experienced this in my whole life. The police claimed that they stopped our car because the taxi we were in has a plate number with two different characters. Immediately they stopped us they removed the plate number. They lied that they have been trailing,” Oshundun said on Tuesday afternoon.

Lieutenant Colonel MF Tshabalala, station commander at the Sandringham Command South Africa Police service, SAPS, later apologised for the treatment meted out on the Nigeria Journalists.

It took the intervention of the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg to secure the release of both men. There are no indication yet, if the Journalists will press for charges against the South African Police.




  1. omoba

    February 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    pls press charges pls South African is one of the useless pple i have seen for them to kil Lucky Dube and said they tot is a Nigeria make s me hate them to my blood i rember when they are surfring Nigeria was there for them expecialy our journalists nw they are feeling king kong,make them no worry white wil soon take over 4rm them,idiot pple

  2. james

    February 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    This is not nice atall.hw could they treat human being like animal?may God restore our land and return our glory back.immagine s/a lasan lasan

  3. ezekiel

    February 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Wetin sef, dey must press charges na, what ar we saying, dats an insult nd nonsense, tufiakwa

  4. vyne Buchmann

    February 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    They should sure press charges against those bastards,I really dont understand why they are always behaving this way against Nigerians. Idiots HIV Nation

  5. Tolu

    February 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM


  6. Agas

    February 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Foolish pple they were all angry after been eleminated from afcon 2013 which they host. bros pls u pple should go and press hard charges against them.

  7. KEVWE

    February 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    I don’t blame them, i blame our Government… person wen say en container no second-hand, person wen see am go take am park dirty,if no be bad Government, who be DEMMMM FIRE BORN IDIOTS.

  8. Leigh

    February 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Any sobre-minded person can see this story is badly writtenm, unbalanced and doesn’t hold water. SA has some of the laws of any modern democracy. No one is above the law and respect for all – is guaranteed in our constitution.
    There is no way SA Police could simply attack civils for no apparent reason. Maybe in Nigeria but not in SA. From personal experience, Nigerians by nature, are trouble-makers, everywhere they go. Fact – they bring drugs, diseases & crime into our beautiful country.

  9. candy

    February 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    @Leigh true dat south africa has its own faults but killing,hurting,o any form of violence is not of our nature we just dont attack 4 da sake of attacking pple just bcoz we are peaceful nd friendly pple use dat 2 dey advantage like really gosh I hve nver meet pple nd i quote “sum nigerians” whom have cheap prides,who thnk da worst of ather pple nd r quick 2 judge>>LOOK AT THE MIRROR NIGERIAN AND FIX UR COUNTRY AND ITS FAULTS B4 U JUDGE US<< calling our country a HIV NATION,if only culd ask who are spreadin this disease???? FACT:SA`S HAS DA HIGHEST FOREIGN POPULATION AKA NIGERIANS N ZIMBAWENS ND WE STILL LET U ENJOY OUR WEALTH,KINDNESS anyway dats wat we get 4 being nice

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