Presidential Security Aides Expel Journalist from Villa


On May 11, 2015, Mr. Ubale Musa, the State House Correspondent of German Radio, Deutsche Welle, was bundled out of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Nigeria’s State House, for asking visiting President Idriss Derby of Chad a supposedly embarrassing question. His media accreditation tag was also withdrawn.

Musa had asked President Derby the relationship between the multinational task force fighting the Islamist Boko Haram insurgents in Lake Chad and the South African mercenaries fighting along with them. The Chadian President’s response was that he had no information concerning mercenaries from South Africa.

After President Derby left, State House security operatives picked Musa, collected his accreditation card and drove him out of the Presidential Villa. When he complained that some of his work tools were still inside the Press Gallery, the security operatives led him to the hall to retrieve his belongings and led him out of the Villa again.

When State House correspondent met Dr. Reuben Abati, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, on the matter, he assured them that the issue would be resolved appropriately but Musa’s accreditation has not yet been restored.