Vendors Beat Up By Prison Staff For Refusing To Give Them Free Newspapers

Vanguard Newspaper reports that some prison officials in Ibadan stormed the Forestry Research Institute armed with guns in chase of a vendor, Mr. Adewale Moronkeji who had run into the premises for cover.

They eventually caught up with Adewale Moronkeji and Kola Ola and beat them mercilessly. When they were done beating the men, they bundled one of them to the Police HQ at Eleyele Ibadan as they accused the man of wanting to attack the controller.

Vanguard reports that guards at the entrance of the controller’s residence had been pressurizing the neswpaper vendors to hand them newspapers for free, a request which the vendors declined.

In anger, the controller’s driver had seen the vendors at Idi-Ishin junction not far away from the controller’s residence and ordered them to leave in the place.

One of the vendors, Moronkeji had asked the driver if they were constituting nuisance to him.

According to the other vendor, Kola Ola, the angry driver jumped down from the vehicle and started beating him.

Not fulfilled with the treatment meted out to the vendors Wednesday, the prison officials stormed the Forestry junction, yesterday, where they met Moronkeji and his friend, beat them properly and whisked one of them to Eleiyele police headquarters.

The  State’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Clet?Ilobanafor said she is unaware of any newspaper vendor in detention despite the fact that the Chairman of the Newspaper Distribution Association of Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Abimbola and his men saw Moronkeji in one of the station’s dark room with swollen eyes and legs.

The newspaper agents stormed the Correspondents’ Chapel at Mokola, yesterday, to protest the inhumane treatment shown their colleagues as they pleased for the release of their man.

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