Police Move Against Premium Times’ Office, Arrest Publisher, Reporter

The Nigerian Police moved against an online portal, Premium Times, as they raided the newspaper office in Abuja, Thursday evening.
In the process the publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, was said to have been arrested with the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu.
Plain-clothed officers conducted search at the office shortly after 5p.m. Thursday, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The arrests came days after Premium Times turned down the Army’s demand to retract news stories about the Nigerian Army and its operations.
The running battle has continued over the week with Army branding the paper ‘enemy’
The paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, condemned the raid.
“They should stop deluding themselves that they can muzzle the press and intimidate Premium Times,” said Mojeed.
“They should know that our loyalty lies with our readers and the Nigerian people who have a right to know.”
He said the paper will continue “to discharge its responsibilities in line with global best practices, social responsibility and patriotism, even at great risk to our personal liberties”.

Author: News Editor

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