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Minister Wades Into German Journalist’s Expulsion From Aso Rock

Posted: May 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

THE Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, has waded into the case of the State House correspondent of the German Radio, Deustche Welle, Ubale Musa, who was expelled from the Presidential Villa on Monday.

Ubale’s accreditation to cover the State House was withdrawn by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the President and ordered out of the premises for asking the visiting Chadian president, Idris Deby, what the authorities considered embarrassing questions during a press briefing.

Confronted with the development by other State House correspondents on Wednesday May 13, 2015 over the matter, Akwashiki said although she was unaware of the incident until she read it in the newspapers, she would see the CSO to resolve the matter as it bordered on security.

Her words: “I am not aware of it. I was in Jos on official assignment. I read about it like you did.

“You know, everything about security is controlled by the Chief Security Officer to the President.

“He has his reasons, but I don’t know why he should do that. I will ask him when I see him.”

Ubale had told some of his colleagues that the security operatives were

uncomfortable with the questions he had posed to the Chadian president regarding the presence of South African mercenary fighters in Nigeria’s Northeast.

Although Deby, standing right beside President Jonathan, had denied having any information on such development, Aso Rock authorities apparently felt embarrassed by Ubale’s question, and consequently barred him from the Villa.

Ubale was escorted out of the Aso Rock Villa in a Toyota Hilux van after he was allowed to pick his laptop and recording gadgets.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, had assured journalists who met him over the incident that it would be resolved appropriately.