A photojournalist with Vanguard identified as Abayomi Adeshida has alleged that he was beaten by security aides attached to the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo early this morning.
Naija News understands that the incidence had occurred at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja where the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) chaired by Abike Dabiri-Erewa organized a summit.
Adeshida was said to have been taking pictures of the vice president at the exhibition stand when the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives picked him up as Osinbajo was being presented a copy of the magazine as a souvenir.
Adeshida said the DSS official didn’t tell him what his offense was before they started hitting him, adding that he hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary.
His camera was damaged while he was dragged on the floor right in the presence of the vice-president, he alleged.
“I was shocked when these DSS operatives started beating me for no reason. They tore off my Presidential Villa accreditation tag on the shirt and dragged me on the floor while hitting me and kicking me,” he said.
“I believe they would have done much worse if not for the intervention of the Vice-President’s aide-de-camp (ADC), who I noticed was making hand movements for them to leave me alone.
“I am feeling pains all over my body and a particular severe pain on my right leg on which I don’t even know what they hit me with.”
The Vice President’s media team could not be reached for comment as the time of filing this report.