Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has apologised as his security aides beat up a photojournalist with Abayomi Adeshida, the Vanguard Newspapers, attached to the State House, Abuja.
The Herald reported that the incident took place at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja where the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), chaired by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, organised a summit.
Adeshida claimed he was taking photographs of the vice president at the exhibition stand when Department of State Services (DSS) operatives pounced on him as Osinbajo was being presented a copy of the magazine as souvenir.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a tweet, said the incident was “regretted”, but had been resolved “and he has apologised to him for any embarrassment caused.”
Adeshida later told his colleagues that he was not told his offence. He said he did not do anything out of the ordinary before the security operatives started hitting him. His camera was damaged while he was dragged on the floor right in the presence of the vice-president.
The needless scuffle btw a villa accredited photographer, Mr. Adeshida & one of our security aides earlier today has since been resolved. Incident is regretted & I have apologized to him for any embarrassment caused. Also, a list circulating in the media on d so-called sacked …
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) November 7, 2019