The Nigeria Association of women journalists, NAWOJ, Ogun State chapter has called for immediate investigation into the barbaric act of assault unleashed on a member of the association, Jumoke Onafowora, on Saturday 19th October while on official duties at the 2019 Convocation ceremonies of the Crescent University, Abeokuta.
Jumoke, a reporter with the state owned radio station, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, OGBC, who was manhandled by aggrieved parents that were allegedly locked out of the convocation venue by the Institution’s had sustained injury and lost her personal effects during the attack.
NAWOJ, in a statement jointly signed on Sunday, in Abeokuta by the Chairperson, Comrade Remi Adebiyi and Secretary, Oluwatoyin Adegoke condemned the inability of the University to provide adequate security for the reporter during an official duty on the school campus and demanded that appropriate sanctions should be awarded to those involved in the unwholesome incident.
The Women Journalists while urging the University Authorities to put measures in place to forestall a recurrence also requested the University to tender apologies to the reporter and the Association with subsequent replacement of all items lost or damaged during the melee.
The association decries the increasing rate of abuse and molestation of journalists in the course of discharging their duties and called on government at all levels as well as private institutions to be proactive in curbing the menace.