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President Buhari’s CSO Expels PUNCH’s Correspondent from Aso Rock

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Bashir Abubakar, the Chief Security Officer, CSO, to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expelled a correspondent of Punch Newspapers, Olalekan Adetayo, from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adetayo said it was because of a story he published on Sunday about President Buhari’s ill health.

According to PUNCH, Abubakar summoned Adetayo to his office to question him on two reports he considered uncomplimentary of Buhari and his administration.

The report stated that Abubakar referred to the lead story of SUNDAY PUNCH of April 23, 2017, titled “Fresh anxiety in Aso Rock over Buhari’s poor health” and the correspondent’s column – Aso Rock Lens – published on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and titled “Seat of power’s event centres going into extinction.” Abubakar queried Adebayo on the motive behind the stories.

“Abubakar asked one of his men to go and take our correspondent’s statement and revert to him.

He thereafter directed the Officer in Charge, Department of State Services (DSS), Victor Nwafor, to withdraw our correspondent’s accreditation tag and lead him out of the premises after retrieving his personal belongings from the Press Gallery of the Council Chambers.

Nwafor left an instruction at the Admin Reception that Adetayo should no longer be allowed into the premises after which he handed him over to another security operative who led our correspondent to where his car was parked to ensure he left the premises as instructed,” the report added.

The presidency has however responded to the report, saying that the CSO did not contact the Aso Rock media office.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President Buhari in a series of tweets disclosed this.

3 Comments

  1. CovertNigerian

    April 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    If the president doesn’t approve, then the most appropriate solution is an aggressively public censure of the CSO. This incident is an excellent opportunity to set an important precedent for how journalists are treated. As long as no lies were published and the journalist acted ethically, the CSO should be queried and then required to apologize.

    Sadly that’s too idealistic. If we are lucky, the journalist will have his credentials quickly returned to him and it’ll end there. Too many things are not as they should be in Nigeria.

  2. nnenne

    April 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Military regime of Buhari..

  3. adeoye bidemi Omotola

    April 25, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    If the president doesn’t approve, then the most appropriate solution is an aggressively public censure of the CSO. This incident is an excellent opportunity to set an important precedent for how journalists are treated. As long as no lies were published and the journalist acted ethically, the CSO should be queried and then required to apologize

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