Several members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Anambra State allegedly assaulted journalist Izunna Okafor during the Anambra South Rally for the Soludo Ambassadors.
The incident occurred as Okafor, a reporter with 247ureports.com, was returning from Nnewi, where he covered the event. Over 10 NSCDC officers reportedly accused the media of contributing to Nigeria’s problems.
Okafor’s ordeal began when he attempted to disembark at the UNIZIK Junction in Awka. Despite informing the driver, NSCDC officers insisted that everyone stay on the bus until the final stop.
Only after raising his voice did some rally attendants instruct the driver to stop. As Okafor tried to retrieve his fallen phone, the officers ordered the driver to leave, causing him severe hand injuries as the door was slammed shut.
Seeking an explanation at the designated bus stop, Okafor faced further aggression from an NSCDC officer. The situation escalated, with the officer questioning Okafor’s boldness, brandishing a gun, and calling for reinforcements. Okafor was subsequently physically assaulted by around 11 officers, who kicked and hit him with their guns. Threats of shooting him were only averted by the intervention of Mr. Ossy Onuko, Managing Director of the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority.
Although Okafor recovered his phone and received an apology from Onuko, the NSCDC officers continued to threaten him. Okafor reported the incident to the NSCDC Anambra State Command’s Public Relations Officer, Edwin Okadigbo, who promised an investigation. The State Commandant, Mr. Edwin Osuala, ordered a thorough investigation into the matter, emphasizing a commitment to address unethical conduct within the corps.