Punch Correspondent on visit to Aso Rock bundled out by security operatives
A Punch correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, was reportedly sent out of State House on Monday , when he called at the Presidential Villa to make inquiries about the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adetayo was said to have been frisked by security officials , claiming to be acting on the orders of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the President, Bashir Abubakar .
But the Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that no one consulted the Presidency’s spokespersons before the correspondent was expelled from his beat.
In a series of tweets, Adesina extricated his office and the Presidency from the issue.
He had tweeted, “We weren’t consulted in the media office by the CSO before he expelled The Punch reporter. President Buhari is committed to press freedom.”
But State House league of correspondents said they have been instances where heavy security network is waved around Buhari, a situation that creates impression of a leader not allowed to have free interaction with the public.
“We have finding difficult explaining tour Editors that we are handicapped in getting closer to the Aso Villa, housing the President, since he returned from his London medical trip in late March,” one of the reporters said.