A renowned Journalist with Citi FM and Citi TV, Umaru Sanda Amadu has narrated his ordeal in the hands of some members of the National Police SWAT team.
The Eyewitness News’s host shared his bitter experience, when he wrote on his Facebook page today, a day after his assault, when he was accosted in Traffic by about 3 policemen who demanded to randomly search him.
His insistence to film the search is probably what might have angered the men in uniform as they searched his car viciously, claiming to search for drugs and weapons.
Even the Journalist’s shoes was not spared the search, as the policemen forced him to remove his shoes in order for them to be searched for possible concealment of drugs and weapons.
But, one of the officers believed to be the leader of the team per Sanda’s narration, identified as Richard Deh, allegedly assaulted the journalist and seized his phone for attempting to film the search.
Read in full, Umaru Sanda Amadu’s narration below:
When the 4 armed police men driving in their SWAT branded car stopped me, Richard Deh, who seemed like their leader, did not only verbally abuse me. He also physically assaulted me.
He hit my hand and the phone I was using to record fell. He seized the phone and threw it in his car. I felt powerless at that moment but insisted that there would be no search without my camera.I told him he could detain me but won’t search my car in “darkness”.
At another point, he made a dash for me but his men shielded me. He was so angry, I dreaded what he would do next. If his men didn’t restrain him, the story would have been worse. There were onlookers, including a stationary Police Visibility pick up with officers under the overhead some 20 meters away. But no one intervened.
Thank God for daylight.One thing I’ve learnt, is that, no matter how a police man like Richard Deh provokes you, please keep your calm.
He wanted a chance to hit/shoot me. I didn’t give him so he ended up driving away with a bruised ego.