Suspected thugs suspected to be affiliated with the All Progressives Congress (APC) political party have attacked the crew of African Independent Television (AIT) in Ekiti State.
The television station’s crew were in Ikere Ekiti, Ado Ekiti State, to transmit ‘Live’ coverage of the Labour Party's (LP) Governorship Candidate, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, campaign rally.
The campaign rally was attended by party stalwarts, which included Governor Olusegun Mimiko, of the Ondo state, and the Party's National Chairman, Mr. Dan Inwanyanwu.
The thugs brandished weapons, guns, and other weaponry, before descending on their targets, and made away with equipment, and other accessories belonging to the occupants of the vehicles.
Cameras, recording devices, including transmission gadgets belonging to the station were smashed, and badly destroyed.
SaharaReporters learned that the Television crew included reporters, cameramen, technical engineers,and drivers.
The vehicles that also accompanied the AIT crew, believed to be at least two cars, were also smashed, and badly damaged, said a source who was at the scene, and had told a SaharaReporters correspondent some moments after the incident.
It is not yet clear if the Television crew were actually targeted, or if they only fell victim to a random attack.
But, our SaharaReporters correspondent can authoritatively report that the station's television news crew in Ekiti state had for the few past months been a presence there. They were assigned there to report on crime, and political activities on a daily basis in Ekiti state, as the June 21governorship election draws nearer.
A police officer who requested anonymity confirmed the attack on the television news crew incident to SaharaReporters, but could not actually speak for certain about their identities, or affiliations, or if the thugs were actually members of any political party.