Olalekan Adetayo, the Punch Newspaper correspondent assigned to Aso Rock has been expelled and barred from covering the Presidential Villa after his newspaper published a report on Sunday, April 23, 2017 titled, Fresh Anxiety At Aso Rock Presidential Villa Over Buhari’s Health.
This undemocratic order given by President Buhari was carried out on Monday, April 24, 2017 by the chief security officer, CSO, to the president, Bashir Abubakar.
Mr. Adetayo’s press tag was seized before he was driven out of the precinct of the State House and ordered “never to return”, a source with intimate knowledge of the situation told The Trent.
The journalist was summoned to the office of the president’s chief security officer early afternoon of Monday and interrogated by Abubakar for some hours.
Two weeks ago, the CSO to the president held a meeting with State House correspondents where he handed them a set of new guidelines on how to report on the activities in Aso Rock.
In January 2017, the same security officer had summoned two news reporters covering Aso Rock over a factual report on an accidental discharge that injured a female worker at the presidency.
President Buhari has been suffering from a protracted illness and just recently returned from an extended medical leave in England. For the past two weeks, his public appearances have been limited fueling speculations that his health has taken a turn for the worse. Continue reading from source.