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Police Raid Premium Times’ Office, Arrest Publisher & Journalist after it Refused to Retract News Stories About the Army

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The Nigeria Police has arrested the publisher of Premium Times, an online newspaper in Nigeria.

Dapo Olorunyimi was arrested alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu when the police officers raided their office on Thursday.

According to the paper:

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, Lt.-Gen 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 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”.

17 Comments

  1. EC

    January 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Our law enforcement now acting like animals under this president of ours. Obj and Goodluck left the press alone.

    • CovertNigerian

      January 19, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      This is a case, hopefully unintentional, of selective memory.

      It is okay to criticize but let’s not pretend as though this is new or a return to behavior that did not occur under either GEJ or OBJ.

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 20, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Funny how he conveniently “forgot” the nonsense that transpired between OBJ and AIT’s Gbenga Aruregba sometime around 2007. That whole nonsense plus Dokpesi selling his dignity for money turned AIT into the s#%tfest it is today.

    • EC

      January 20, 2017 at 8:15 am

      There is little to no freedom anymore. This is the presidency that also arrest people for naming their dog BUHARI. You can’t compare please.

    • NG

      January 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      The difference is that this is supposed t be a government of change. Absolutely a government of impunity. Dasuki is still in jail and likewise Nnamdi Kanu despite bail grants by lawful courts of the land and the president was clear on air that he will not release them. What more do you need to know you entered one chance of a change government?

    • CovertNigerian

      January 19, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      As an example, kindly search for “Nigerian military goes berserk, blocks newspapers distribution in Abuja, Lagos” and look at the time stamp of the story and ask yourself who was president. Hopefully, this will preempt anyone that wants to bicker unnecessarily over historical facts.

  2. A Real Nigerian

    January 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    This is just wrong.

  3. missnk

    January 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    It has started oh. Tyranny

  4. The Real Oma

    January 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Freedom of press, freedom of press, freedom of press, there is no Democracy without it.
    Are we back to military rule?
    This government has sent us back several years.
    I hope we can begin the journey to recovery come 2019 and not fall deeper into the abyss.

  5. Okechukwu Ofili

    January 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    This government is on a mission to silence the opposition.

  6. madman

    January 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    This too will happen in America. It is ILLEGAL TO publish information about the Military.

    • CovertNigerian

      January 20, 2017 at 12:06 am

      You are incorrect sir. It is not illegal, in any country where the rule of law prevails, to publish truths about the military unless perhaps it is classified information.
      As I understand this case, the disagreement is over the accuracy of Premium Time’s reporting, not that sensitive information was published. Cases like this should be resolved in court and arrests might be a necessary part of that process. So let’s see how things proceed.

  7. Razor

    January 19, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Everyone talking about 2019 like your vote makes a difference… lol

  8. sharon

    January 20, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Shame on the military!! Shame on the Nigerian police, forever puppets…democracy gradually becoming extinct in the government

  9. nnenne

    January 20, 2017 at 2:16 am

    In a democratic government?

  10. Tara

    January 20, 2017 at 2:43 am

    At least you can be sure that in 2019, under Trump, America will leave Nigeria’s democratic process well alone. Unless we discover diamonds or something he might like, before then. More than I can say for Mr & Mrs. Bring Back Our Girls and his cronies (David Axelrod, etc) whose political connections helped elect the dictator you have in power now. I’m sure you don’t still think it was Red Media and Chude Jideowo that singlehandedly did that?! Well, the Ghanian president-elect thought so, so…

  11. The Press and The government always at cross roads

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