Journalists in Cross River State have alleged that the men of the Nigeria Police tear-gassed them during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Cross River North Senatorial primary election in Ogoja.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Cross River State Council, Comrade Victor Udu, who led a delegation to cover the event in Ogoja, condemned the mayhem that trailed the exercise.
Udu said: “I have not seen anything near this scale before where the security men refused to recognise anybody, even when journalists identified themselves with their tags.
“The security men said they were out on a mission. It’s a shame.
“Its deplorable that a Senatorial by-elections could degenerate to this level. It’s indeed unfortunate and a shame to our democracy.
“The policeman pointed a gun at journalists and said every other person is an enemy and immediately opened teargas on us and we scampered for our safety.”