Nigerian soldiers and policemen, including a man in orange T-shirt on the scene of an auto accident between Lokoka and Okene threatened to eliminate our crew members after we stopped to assist accident victims on the road.
When we arrived the scene, we met a police team, and was later joined by Federal Road Safety (FRSC) officials who did their best to assist the victims. The police team didn’t do much, they stood by watching the victims until our crew insisted they take a woman and her two kids to the hospital, however, they flatly refused to take her until they collected money from our team claiming they had no petrol to run their vehicle to the nearest hospital.
Later a group of soldiers arrived the scene in a Nigerian Army pick up van, they too refused to assist the victims claiming they needed to get an order from their superiors since they could tell if the victims were terrorists.
However, callous men in uniform and their civilian collaborator in orange T-shirt would later pounce on our team as we made to leave the scene. First, they asked why we took pictures of the scene, we quickly told them we are reporters and took time to explain and also protest such brazen harassment of our crew considering that we’ve been the ones helping the victims while the man in orange T-shirt and others were taking pictures leaving the victims in pain.
The soldiers, policemen and the man in orange held secret meetings behind our back and decided to thoroughly “deal” with us if we refuse to let them see our footage and delete them. We protested further and what followed was a series of threats by these uniformed men, especially the soldiers who threatened to eliminate us.