The Nigeria police have raided Premium Times newspaper head office in Abuja, and arrested the publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, alongside the paper’s judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu.
Plain-clothed officers reportedly conducted a search at the office shortly after 5pm today, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The arrests came days after Premium Times reportedly 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 saying,
“They 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”.