Monday, February 20, 2017

London Police Called In To Arrest Guardian Journalist For Attempting to Interview Buhari

Security staff at the Abuja House [official residence of the Nigerian High commissioner to the United Kingdom] in London yesterday called in police officers to arrest a correspondent of The Guardian who demanded to meet and interview President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the media house, ''When the correspondent told a member of staff at the Abuja House that he had come to see the president, he replied: “As far as I’m concerned, he’s not here.”

''At 2:50 p.m., when a black Mercedes jeep arrived, the occupant sitting by the driver rolled down the glass and asked the The Guardian correspondent, “why are you here?” “When I told him that l was a reporter with The Guardian and l had come to see if the president was there and to interview him, he looked quite irritated and replied angrily: ‘he’s not here, you can’t see anybody here.''

The Guardian correspondent was reportedly threatened by security staff at the Abuja house before the police were called in. Two police officers, Constables Marlett and Stock, were called in by the security staff at the Abuja House to arrest the reporter. When both arrived on their motorcycles, they took the reporter’s name and date of birth and subsequently made a check on the national database, before staying around for about 20 minutes and then left.

Before he left, the correspondent reported seeing a teenage-looking girl wearing glasses believed to be President Buhari's daughter and Senate President President Bukola Saraki.

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