All hell was let loose on Wednesday when one of the Policemen attached to the Kogi State Governor; Mr Yahaya Bello went gaga and descended on one of the journalists, Mr Wale Odunsi who is Deputy Editor of Daily Post for daring to ask for direction.
According to Wale “when I got there, I called the Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Joel Odaudu Minister that I was on my way to the Government House.
“I got there and walked towards the gate. As I approached the gate directly opposite entrance of the governor’s wife office entrance, one of the protocol officials wearing White native charged towards me.
“In an unruly manner, he queried why I was trying to barge into the premises. So I asked ‘Oga, you didn’t have to shout at me like that. I was only looking for whom to ask for direction’.
“Apparently infuriated by my guts, he dragged and pushed me away. Within seconds, a mobile policeman got up and slapped me. He used abusive words and warned me to move away. But I kept asking what I did to warrant the treatment.
“At this point, the protocol officer and two mobile policemen were taking turns to hit me on the chest while pushing me backwards; one slapped me the second time.
“I calmly walked some meters away and told and called Joel, the governor’s aide. As soon as he came, the security officials cornered him and were trying to change the story.
“I hurriedly strolled to where they were and insisted to know why I was assaulted. By this time, one of the policemen I believe is superior and another man wearing a blue safari suit and white T-shirt warned me to leave the area of face the consequences.
“The policeman’s eyes were red as if thirsty for blood. He kept screaming that he will punish with me mercilessly. So I called his name out, Iliya Ali: I told him to his face that I will report the incident to appropriate authority.
“On hearing that I called his name, he reached for his holster and attempted to bring out his gun. He said: ‘I will show you if na your mama, your papa or your any person you wan report me to give me name’.
“He also asked the Governor’s aide to leave the scene so he can deal with me. All the while, he was trying to bring out his gun while the governor’s aide was asking him calm down.
“I sensed he might make real his threat so I stopped another okada and left the scene. I spoke to the Force spokesman, who sent Kogi CP’s number. I tried to reach him but it wasn’t successful, so I sent him sms.
“I have left the state already before my time is cut short”.
The Governor who invited them for the summit were N20 million was set aside to bribe them and cause them to stop reporting the evils in the state kept mum over the issue, while bloggers and other reporters invited kept quiet and refused to report the near killing of a colleague for fear of missing out on the N20 million largess which was exclusively reported by Secret Reporters.
As the media crisis facing the Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello rages on, he has made move through his Chief of Staff, Mr Edward Onoja to buy off some of the online news platform, Secret Reporters has authoritatively learnt.
We gathered that Onoja in conjunction with the Special Assistant on New Media reached out to some Lagos based online news publishers to save them from the embarrassing media report the state is constantly facing.
To perfect this plan, the publishers were invited to Lokoja on Tuesday for a meeting with Bello on Wednesday. On their arrival, they were lodged in a hotel which has been paid for, for two days.
According to our source, over fifty online publishers were invited with twelve of them turning down the invitation, while the rest gladly took the offer.
After the briefing by the Governor, they will each be given a misery sum of N200,000 as ‘Thanks for coming’, a parlance used for brown envelope journalists.
Some of the invited Publishers who spoke to us on condition of anonymity and spirit of media comradeship revealed that they are attending the event to hear the usual lies Bello and Onoja will tell, but vowed to go ahead to publish the truth irrespective of the money they will be given.
The event was initially billed for July but was cancelled, as Bello was said to be out of the country.