Buratai sets Police against Premium Times
*Media Rights assault under Buhari extends badly
Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, may have prompted the Nigeria Police to invade another media house, the third in a spate of 10 days, making the Media rights record of the Muhammadu Buhari administration look so terrible and very undemocratic.
Officers of the Nigeria police invaded PREMIUM TIMES head office in Abuja. They arrested the newspaper’s publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, alongside 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 Army chief.
The arrests came days after PREMIUM TIMES turned down the Army General’s demand to retract news stories about the Nigerian Army and its operations.
In a swift reaction the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, condemned the raid.
He said, “they should stop deluding themselves that they can muzzle the press and intimidate PREMIUM TIMES,” said Mr. 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.”
As at the time of going to press, the two journalists were still with the Police. In recent times, the police has become as instrument of oppression against journalists.