Scovin Iceta, who reports for NTV and the Daily Monitor told URN on Friday that police officers in Adjumani roughed him up on Thursday evening after spotting him taking pictures of a pregnant mother carrying boiled maize running away to evade arrest.
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Group-NMG journalist in Moyo district is nursing wounds he sustained by police
officers enforcing curfew on Thursday evening. Scovin Iceta, who reports for
NTV and the Daily Monitor told URN on Friday that police officers in
Adjumani roughed him up on Thursday evening after spotting him taking pictures
of a pregnant mother carrying boiled maize running away to evade arrest.
He says that the
officers clobbered him with sticks and butts of their guns causing bodily
injuries. The journalist was part of the team that had accompanied a team from
the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) to the refugee settlement camps in Adjumani district and had
just booked into one of the hotels within Adjumani Town Council for the night.
Iceta narrated to URN that the captivating scene drew his attention prompting
him to take pictures. He, however, says that no sooner had he started taking the
pictures than the officers spotted him, charged towards him and started raining
blows and kicks.
He says that the
officers trampled on him even when he had fallen down. According to Iceta, the police
officers confiscated his camera and deleted the photos and footage he had
captured from the scene, arguing that he acted without their permission.
The officers later whisked him off to Adjumani Central Police Station but
released him later in the evening without charge. Iceta told URN on phone from the
clinic where he was receiving treatment that he lost seventy thousand Shillings
that was in his pocket during the fracas, phone charger, press jacket and
tripod. He also explained that he sustained injuries on the mouth, neck, back
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He has since filed a case of assault at
Adjumani Central Police Station SD Ref: 19/30/07/2021. Peter Taban, the
Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, who chairs the District Security Committee,
confirmed the incident, saying that he was yet to gather the details.
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