Two journalists were yesterday attacked by hoodlums allegedly enforcing the suspended sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Ihiala area of Anambra State.
Chijioke Nwamkpa, a Vanguard photojournalist based in Rivers State and Chris Imbufe, a reporter with Peoples FM in Bayelsa State, were returning to their bases when they were attacked.
Nwamkpa said they were accosted by the hoodlums numbering about 11 at a checkpoint in Ihiala.
He said they were driving from Aguata Local Government Area where they had been on election duty when they were stopped by some gun-wielding men in police bulletproof jackets.
He said: “When we got to the checkpoint with some woods and a speed bump and slowed down, some young guys wearing police bulletproof jackets ordered us to stop.
“We thought they were policemen and had to stop, expecting the usual banters but that was not the case.
“Suddenly, some others came out from the bush, all of them with guns and charms tied on their heads.
“One of them was complaining bitterly about us, querying why we’re not supporting Biafra, and why we’re on the road instead of sitting at home.
“As soon as I told them that we thought that the sit-at-home has been cancelled, they started slapping and beating us with sticks on all parts of our bodies.
“It was indeed hell for us. One of them coked his gun and ordered we sat on the floor.”
Nwamkpa said they did not lose their valuables.
“I think their concern was simply to enforce the sit-at-home, otherwise, they would have carted away with our laptops, phones, camera and other valuables,” he added.