The Nigeria police have raided PREMIUM TIMES head office in Abuja, and arrested the newspaper’s publisher.
The publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, was arrested
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 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
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 Mr. Mojeed.
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