Nigeria: Police raid Nigeria online newspaper office

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon raided the head office of Nigeria’s top online newspaper, the Premium Times, in Abuja, arresting the newspaper’s publisher.

Dapo Olorunyomi, was arrested alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Ms Evelyn Okakwu.

Plain-clothed officers conducted a search at the office shortly after 5pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday, saying they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

The development comes days after Premium Times turned down a demand of the Nigerian Army that it retracts news stories about the Army and its operations.

The paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, who condemned the raid, said: “They (Police) should stop deluding themselves that they can muzzle the press and intimidate Premium Times. 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”.
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19 january 2017 22:35:37

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