The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos, has demanded the immediate release of Yinka Badmus, a photojournalist with Talk Village International in Lagos.
A statement signed by the IPC’s Programme Manger, Mrs Stella Nwofia and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt last Saturday, stated that the photojournalist, Yinka Badmus, was mistaken to be a cultist due to his appearance as he was wearing a dreadlock and arrested by the policemen attached to the Lagos State Anti-cultism unit and taken to the Ikoyi prisons.
The statement recalled a report by Vanguard Newspapers dated January 11th 2019, in which Yinka Badmus, a 24-year-old photojournalists was arrested on New Year eve by policemen attached to the Lagos State Anti-Cultism Unit for wearing dreadlocks, which the officers allegedly said made him look like a cultist, while eating noodles at Pedro Bus stop, Gbagada, Lagos.
Mr. Arogundade pleaded with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to step into the matter so that the photo journalist could regain his freedom as soon as possible
The IPC Director also enjoined journalists to be mindful of their safety and ensure they have a means of identification on them at all times, especially as they embark on this year’s general elections coverage in the country.