The crisis rocking the Edo State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) took a new turn yesterday as the ONTV Lagos correspondent in Edo, Mr. Gbenga Olowokere, was brutally wounded.
Olowokere, a member of the NUJ Correspondents Chapel, was allegedly attacked with an iron bar by the state correspondent of a newspaper (names withheld) after he (Olowokere ) resisted a plot to forcibly take the correspondents’ chapel bus out of the NUJ Press Centre in Benin City.
The bus, which has been in the Edo NUJ Press Centre for safekeeping after a feud by its members, was towed away by dissenting members of the correspondent chapel, who were allegedly accompanied by thugs.
The clash among journalists in the state council is coming on the heels of the sharing of N5 million parting gift from former Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Trouble started when the state chairman of the Union, Sir Roland Osakue on Monday reportedly gave the suspended nine members the key to the chapel bus in purported compliance with the body’s national directive, which was unknown to the state council members.
The Edo NUJ Congress had in September suspended the nine correspondents in Edo Council over sharing of the N5 million among themselves.