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Attack on Journalists: SWAN Asks Kwara Utd To Produce Culprits

The Kwara Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has described as barbaric and unfortunate, an attack on its members on Sunday in Ilorin.

The Secretary of the association in the state, Olayinka Owolewa, said this on Monday in Ilorin.

Owolewa demanded that the management of Kwara United FC provide for the Nigeria Police,  a group of persons identified as members of its Fans  Club who attacked the journalists within seven days.

He said if the club refused to produce those who attacked the newsmen, the association would  be forced to ask its members to boycott every activity of Kwara United till further notice.

Owolewa said the body would report the matter to the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security (DSS) for necessary action while it would also consider legal action.

“While we consider the attack on the gentlemen carrying out their lawful duties, as uncultured, we will also report the matter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the league organizers, the League Management Company (LMC).

“SWAN will not tolerate from anyone or organisation, molestation or harassment of its members because, they are always carrying out their duties diligently and professionally without fear or favour,” he said.

It would be recalled that the ugly incident occurred during the post-match interview with Kwara United Coach, Abubakar Bala, when the miscreants forcefully disrupted the exercise and attacked some of the sports writers.

The situation however led to personal attacks on some members of SWAN, including, Jimoh Bashir, Yusuf Feruke of The Herald Newspaper and Toyin Saheed of Sobi FM.

The mayhem, which lasted for about 25 minutes left no injuries on any of the journalists, however, one of the journalists had the screen of his mobile phone broken after the ugly scene.

The body had summoned an emergency congress for Wednesday, May 15, at the conference room of the Sports Council by 1pm.

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