Nigerian journos arrested over story

2011-10-12 09:37

Lagos – Police in Nigeria have raided a newspaper office and arrested four journalists after it published a purported letter from the nation’s former president instructing its current leader to fire government officials.

Witnesses told The Associated Press today that police officers were raiding the Abuja office of The Nation newspaper.

The raid comes after detectives arrested four journalists over the story on the alleged letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mohammed Garba of the Nigeria Union of Journalists condemned the arrests as a means to silence reporters in Africa’s most populous nation. Police officials could not be reached for comment.

Nigeria has an unruly and outspoken free press, though journalists often accept cash payments from interview subjects or “brown envelope” bribes.

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