Johannesburg - Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers responsible for allegedly assaulting and threatening journalist Kofi Bartels, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday.
Allegations are that on Wednesday a group of at least five police officers punched and kicked Bartels, a reporter with the privately owned Nigeria Info radio station. They beat him on the knees with pieces of wood, and arrested him for filming them, the journalist said in a Twitter post.
He was taken to a police station, where Bartels alleged that a police officer told him he had "been giving them problems for a long time" with his reports on the police in Rivers state. He said the officer said he would be place in a prison cell with an inmate who would rape him.
However, Bartels said the officers did not charge him with any crime, and instead released him about four hours after the incident began.
After he was released, Bartels said he went to a hospital where doctors examined his bruised knees and recommended he receive x-rays of his neck and spine, which he is scheduled to undergo tomorrow.