My life is in danger, Osun journalist battered by hoodlum cries out

My life is in danger, Osun journalist battered by hoodlum cries out


By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

A journalist with a branch of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Gold FM in Ilesa, Osun State, Mr Isaac Haastrup has been assaulted by a hoodlum simply identified as ID Idowu.

Haastrup, while on official duty on Tuesday, was beaten up by the hoodlum opposite Social Elite Ilesa at avoid 1:00pm.

ID Idowu, also known as Chairman by his fellow commercial motorcyclists in the metropolis, reportedly used stone to assault the journalist and also tore his cloth.

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It was gathered that ID Idowu has been on the run after the victim reported the matter at the Ayeso A’ Police Division, Ilesa after the attack.

Haastrup has cried out over his safety because of some threats he received from his attacker. He said, “My life is in danger. The guy (ID Idowu) assaulted and threatened me.

“He (fleeing hoodlum) assaulted me opposite Social Elite Ilesa around 1:00pm of Tuesday, November 23, 2021.


The hoodlum
The face of the hoodlum that battered journalist

“It was a traffic issue. I indicated to turn to the left side at Glorious Legacy Hotel junction adjacent Social Elite Club, Ilesa and when I checked through my both inner and side mirrors, I observed that the motorcyclist coming behind me, was riding at top speed, I decided to maintain the lane only for him to overtake and start hurling curses on me.

“When I tried to make him understand that I indicated to the left before trying to negotiate for a turning, he became violent and opted for a hoe. I blocked the weapon and I struggled to disarm him. Thereafter, his colleagues ( okada riders) came in a dozen and while I was explaining to them what happened, the suspect (ID Idowu) went for my cloth and tore it.

“He did not stop at that! He picked a stone and started aiming my head but I managed to protect my head which made him resort to hitting other parts of my body with the object.


Journalist that was attacked by a thug in Ilesa
Isaac Haastrup, the journalist that was attacked by a thug in Ilesa

“The matter has been reported at the Ayeso A’ police division, Ilesa Osun state. All efforts to get the boy arrested as at the time of report was unsuccessful. He is still on the run, knowing the gravity of his offence. Some human right lawyers have picked interest in the case,” Haastrup narrated.


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