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Police Officers Molest Female Journalist Over Photos

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Police Officers Molest Female Journalist Over Photos

Oct 27, 2011 – Men of the Nigerian police force attached to the task force of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on demolition exercise at Wuse area of the city on Wednesday molested a female journalist for taking photos of the demolition exercise.

Michaela Moye, Abuja bureau chief of Daily Times newspapers was harassed and molested by two mobile police corporals who chased her in a bid to seize her camera.

“Who call you come here come snap us, we no invite any journalist come here so why are you snapping the demolition? That is how you people look for trouble up and down. Walahi, if I get you, I will beat you up and break both that camera and your teeth for talking to me like that,” said Suleiman Ibrahim, one of the two policemen.

Residents, colleagues and security operatives of African Times Network have to come to her rescue as the police men chased her and tried to manhandle her, claiming she had no right to take photos of the demolition scene.

One of the task force officers who intervened in the matter asked the policemen to restrain themselves as Michaela identified herself but the policemen refused while insisting that she should surrender the camera.

When the leader of the task force was contacted to know why the demolition should not be covered by the media, he reacted rudely saying “I didn’t call you people here and please don’t ask me any question concerning that, go to the people that gave me the order,” he shouted.

He neither gave his name nor the name or authorities that gave him the order to demolish the said illegal structures.

This harassment of Michaela is coming barely 24 hours after the House of Representatives asked the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim to apologise to seven journalists of the Nation’s newspaper, who they arrested and molested recently.



  1. emmanuel

    October 28, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    The Nigerian police should be reorganised.The illitrate ones should be redeployed and sent to farm to produce more food for the nation.

    • Dagogot

      October 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      Emmanuel, even we the farmers do not need illiterates either. They should be shown the way out.

  2. atinuke

    October 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    These fools are not professional at all. A stupid dirty nigerian police men speaking pidgin english on duty. Woh a shame.wish all those cow shit they do in nigeria can be done in europe.Useless 20naira collector. Shame on da nigerian police!

  3. Sani banki

    October 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Take it easy on them,Gentlemen


    October 29, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    Nigeria don’t have police but begers.


    October 29, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    Niaja na God help us

  6. Vincent Ucheibe

    January 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Well after listening to POLICE DIARY ON FRCN, i reallised that Nigerian police is great that it’s only the bad eggs that spoil their good name. i apologise for generallising the issue at first.

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