There was seeming tension in Osun State on Monday night, as operatives of the Department of State Service(DSS) attached to the Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye -Tomori attacked journalists, while returning from an assignment.
The journalists, who were of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s press crew were said to be returning from the RAMP II commissioning ceremony at Oke-ila, Ifedayo Local Government area of the state when the incident happened.
An operative, identified as Williams was reportedly threatened to kill journalists as the newsmen were waylaid with an operational vehicle marked AR 482 KUJ.
A senior reporter in the office of the Governor, Mr Adekunle Alabi, alongside the Channels Television cameraman, identified as Adewale were beaten to a pulp, while his camera worth N2.5m was damaged beyond repair.
A journalist with Osun Defender, who was part of the team told our Correspondent that the operatives deliberately barricaded the road against the press crew, which eventually resulted to altercation.
He added that an operative, earlier identified as Williams, with other two security personnel eventually descended on some journalists and damaged their equipment in the process.
It would be recalled that operatives of DSS had on September 11, 2017 brutalised two journalists, Timothy Agbor of The Point Newspaper, and Toba Adedeji of Osun Defender at the premises of Osun State House of Assembly in Osogbo.
The action, which elicited huge condemnation all over the country and beyond was later settled as the highest echelon of the secret agency in the state apologised to the leadership of NUJ and also paid for damaged gadgets.