THE police yesterday raided Premium Times head office in Abuja and arrested the online newspaper’s publisher Mr. Dapo Olurunyomi.
A statement by the organisation said its judiciary correspondent, Evelyn Okakwu, was also whisked away.
It said: “Plain-clothed officers conducted search at the office shortly after 5p.m. Thursday, and said they were acting on a complaint filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
“The arrests came days after Premium Times turned down the army’s demand to retract news stories about the Nigerian Army and its operations.”
Editor-in-Chief Musikilu Mojeed said: “They should stop deluding themselves that they can muzzle the press and intimidate Premium Times.
“They should know that our loyalty lies with our readers and the Nigerian people, who have a right to know.
“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.”