Thursday, January 19, 2017

Photo: Police Raid Premium Times Abuja Office

The Nigeria police have raided Premium Times head office in Abuja, and arrested the newspaper’s publisher, the news outlet reports on its website.

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 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 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”.


  1. Welcome to chain... change Nigeria!

  2. Is there no longer freedom of the press again

  3. Military era?

  4. This is not good for democracy

  5. One can't do investigation journalism again?
    this country is a big joke

  6. After arresting sahara reporters now premium, vanguard and punch should get ready then

  7. It is over, Democracy and freedom of expression is DEAD and BURIED in Federal Republic of Nigeria