A journalist, Folake Sokoya, has petitioned the Lagos council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists over alleged torture by security guards at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.
Sokoya, whose battle with the Lagos State’s owned institution had been in public space for a while, said she had been denied justice by appropriate government agencies.
She noted that the institution had manipulated the narrative in its favour, hence the need for the state NUJ to come to her aid.
The 40-year-old alleged that she and her son, Boluwatife Olowu, were manhandled by security guards at the school.
Olowu, a National Diploma student in the Hospitality Management Technology Department of the school, was reportedly seized by the guards for wearing earrings on the school’s premises.
He was said to have been brutalised before Sokoya showed up and challenged the guards for assaulting her son.
The freelance journalist said she was also beaten up, adding that she reported the case at the Sagamu Road Police Station.
Sokoya explained that her past experience from almost losing her son to kidnappers prompted her to visit the school when she was informed about the incident.
She said, “My son was abducted by some ritual killers on June 11, 2017; it took the grace of God to find him after four days. So, when he called to tell me that he had been arrested, I was scared. I quickly informed the police and the 174 battalion commandant before rushing out.