Bottle wielding hoodlums break journalist’s head, attack others at colleague’s birthday celebration in THIS Niger Delta state

The birthday celebration organised by journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital was, on Friday night, invaded by hoodlums with bottles at a popular club, Axter, along Yeneze-gene road in the state.

It was gathered that the incident occurred during the birthday celebration of a popular journalist attached to the New Waves Newspapers.

According eyewitnesses, the attackers, numbering three, were led to the occasion by a failed state assembly aspirant in the state.

One of the journalists was said to have resisted attempts to disrespect the chairman of the state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Samuel Numenegi.

The state correspondent of the Daily Times, Comrade James Akam, was attacked with a bottle on his head.

The attack, however, provoked members of the NUJ present and the occasion turned rowdy.

The security personnel and owner of the Lounge were forced by the angry journalists to arrest the three attackers suspected to be cultists.

Checks showed that the owner of the club, who is believed to be an indigene of Patani in Delta state and a contractor with the Presidential Amnesty office, was forced to order the arrest of the hoodlums.

Some angry journalists, however, questioned the security arrangement put in place by the management of the popular lounge.

A quick peace and resolution meeting was, however. called by the owner without a clear resolution.

The aggrieved NUJ members insisted on the arrest and prosecution of the three arrested suspect and their leader.

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