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Whistler newspaper condemns assault, unlawful detention of journalist Kasarachi by police

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THE WHISTLER Newspapers has strongly condemn in strongest terms, the unlawful arrest, assault, and ongoing detention of our reporter, Kasarahchi Aniagolu, by officers of the Nigerian Police Force operating within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ms. Aniagolu was performing her journalistic duties while filming a raid on Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Wuse Zone 4 on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, when she was forcefully arrested.

Despite clearly identifying herself as a journalist, she was manhandled and threatened, and her equipment was confiscated. She is currently being held at the Anti-Violence Crime Unit
(former SARS office) in Guzape.

The management of Whistler in a statement said it was deeply disturbed by the complete disregard for press freedom by the Nigeria Police Force and the blatant violation of Ms. Aniagolu’s fundamental rights.

According to the statement, the physical assault and threats to her life are utterly unacceptable and a direct attack on independent journalism.

It pointed out that the conflicting statements regarding the operation from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) headquarters and the FCT Police Command raise serious concerns about accountability and transparency.

“The respective authorities’ blatant denial of the operation further highlights the need for a thorough investigation into this undemocratic incident,” the statement stressed.

THE WHISTLER management demands the immediate and unconditional release of Ms. Anaigolu and an unreserved apology from the Leadership of The Nigeria Police Force.

It also called for a swift and transparent investigation into her unlawful arrest, assault, and detention. Those responsible for these actions must also be held accountable to the fullest
extent of the law.

It urged all relevant authorities to uphold the fundamental rights of journalists and ensure their safety and freedom to report without fear or intimidation.

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