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26 Jun 2018

Atiku’s Asaba Visit: DSS, Police, Civil Defence Harass Journalists, Bar Coverage

In another unsavoury development, security operatives of the Department for State Security (DSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday, harrassed journalists and prevented them from covering the visit of former President Atiku Abubakar to Asaba, Delta State.

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2019 Presidential aspirant, Atiku is visiting the state to confer with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and PDP delegates ahead of the party primaries.

Journalists who were invited to cover the former Vice President’s arrival at the airport were barred from entering the Arrival Lounge as one female operative of the NSCDC threatened to hit journalists with her gun butt, Daily Trust writes.

“I have orders from the CSO to shoot and if you don’t leave this place now, I will break your leg. I am under instruction not to allow Journalists into the Airport to cover the arrival of Atiku” said the operative who removed her name tag to shield her identity.

Another officer of the DSS asserted that “journalists should go to Government House to wait; they gave us directive to bar journalists so that they cannot give a counter directive without letting us know.

“If you guys don’t respect yourselves I will order my men to force you out”, he said as he immediately ordered about five mobile policemen, three Civil Defence men and four DSS officials to push journalists out of the entrance of the Arrival Lounge.

On arriving the Government House main entrance, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) further barred journalists from entering the complex, with the excuse that “My job will be on the line.

“You can report that due to the crowd, journalists could not gain access to cover the visit,” he said.
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