EXCLUSIVE: Premium Times Publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, opens up on Police raid
“Last year in December we had written a story which was sourced from a petition that a civil society organisation in Lagos wrote to the Code of Conduct Bureau. In the petition, the organisation sort explanation why the chief of army staff given the grave allegations around him which bothered on some form of corruption – why he wasn’t being investigated. The code of conduct replied that basically, the chief of army staff was busy prosecuting a war and they would rather not interfere with that assignment but that once he was through with the assignment, they would like to call him in regarding the petition – and that’s all we wrote!
“And then of course the army was upset, describing it as a libel … The kind of things that people in power try to do always; and they demanded apology which we weren’t going to offer!
“So today, based on an irresponsible petition, they came and ransacked and arrested Evelyn – our judicial correspondent and myself.
“We got a bail tonight and we are to report 8:00am tomorrow morning,” Dapo said.
The paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, in an assertive manner, 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”.