Oct 14, 2011 – The invasion of The Nation and the arrest of some of its editors yesterday drew the ire of the House of Representatives.
The House invited the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN) and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Hafiz Ringim over the matter.
They are to appear before House Joint Committees on the Justice, Police Affairs, Human Rights, Media and Publicity next Tuesday.
The Nation’s Lagos Head office and Abuja Bureau were invaded by the Police on Tuesday while some workers were arrested.
They were arrested over the publication of a letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.
All those arrested have been released.
The last among them, the Managing Editor, Northern Operation, Alhaji Yusuf Alli, was released yesterday after two days in detention.
Others: Lawal Ogienagbon (Deputy Editor), Yomi Odunuga (Abuja Bureau Chief), Dapo Olufade (News Coordinator, Weekend titles), John Austin-Uwachukwu (Legal Editor), Mrs Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu (Staff Correspondent) and Jide Adegbenjo (Chief Security Officer) regained their freedom on Wednesday.
The initial plan was to arraign Alli in court yesterday, but he was released without being charged.
His release was believed to have been facilitated by Adoke, who was at the Force Headquarters, Abuja at noon yesterday. He left at 12.22p.m., after conferring with Ringim.
Police spokesman Olusola Amore, who spoke for the IGP, yesterday justified the siege to The Nation’s office.
He said an unnamed individual lodged “criminal complaint” against the paper. (The nation)