In Summary
  • Journalists Brian Ondeng’ (KNA) and Geoffrey Oguma (Radio Nam Lolwe) spent the night in the police cells and were on Tuesday morning charged with police obstruction.
  • The two were apprehended while covering the arrest of a shylock in Bondo town on Monday afternoon.
  • The court ordered Bondo boss Abdikadir Yusuf to surrender the items he took from them by pam on Wednesday.

A Bondo court has ordered area police boss Abdikadir Yusuf to surrender equipment confiscated from two journalists who were arrested while on duty.

Mr Brian Ondeng’ (KNA) and Geoffrey Oguma (Radio Nam Lolwe) spent the night in the police cells and were on Tuesday morning charged with police obstruction.

ASSAULT

The two were apprehended while covering the arrest of a shylock in Bondo town on Monday afternoon.

Police claimed the shylock had been operating illegally and carrying out auctions without following procedures.

But Mr Ondeng’ and Mr Oguma told the court that they were beaten up before being arrested and forced to spend the night in police cells.

“I identified myself as a journalist and asked the officers to allow us to perform our duty but while I was fishing out my job card, the OCS punched me on the right cheek and instructed his junior to deal with us before arresting us,” said Mr Ondeng’.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The officer, who did not make records of the items in the police occurrence book, presented himself in court on Tuesday afternoon following summons.

He admitted that he had the journalists' items and said he would return them.

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