The State House correspondent of The Punch Newspapers, Olalekan Adetayo, was on Monday expelled from Aso–Rock over a story on President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.
Adetayo had on Sunday reported that there was fresh anxiety at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa over Buhari’s health which irked the Security operatives at the Villa.
He was summoned and interrogated by the Chief Security Officer to the President, Mr Bashir Bindawa, who seized his pass before he was subsequently driven out of the State House.
Reacting to the development, The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, absolved the President of being aware of the development.
“We weren’t consulted in the media office by the CSO before he expelled the Punch reporter,” he stated.
“President Buhari is committed to press freedom. An amicable solution would be found to the Punch reporter matter.
“President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way.”
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