Police arrest publisher of Biafra Times, 9 others

Biafra Times Website
Biafra Times Website

The police in Lagos on Monday said they had arrested the publisher of Biafra Times and nine others for allegedly publishing and circulating seditious and malicious publication.

Parading the 10 suspects, Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said 515 copies of the offending newspaper were recovered during a raid on the printing press in Shomolu, Lagos.

“The printing press has been shut and the environment is being monitored.

“This is an offence punishable under the Criminal Law of Lagos State,” Mr. Owoseni said.

He added that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as detectives finished interrogating them.

The arrested publisher, however, told journalists that he had no intention to promote disunity and disharmony among Nigerians.

“I love my country and I love my president. My intention is not to fight my country; I just want to pass out information to those who have no access to the Internet.

“I usually go on the Internet to source for information and publish. I have other papers on sports and social life which I publish,’’ he said.

The prime suspect said he had been publishing for the past eight years but only specialised in Biafra Times three months ago.

“I decided to specialise on Biafra Times when I discovered it is always a sell-out anytime we published stories about eastern parts of the country.

“Sometimes, I go to newspaper vendors and hear people requesting for Biafra Times.

“We usually print about 5000 copies which we sell for N100 nationwide,” he said.

In another development, the police commissioner told journalists that the command was aware of a proposed demonstration which popular artiste, Tuface Idibia planned to lead.

He said that the command was yet to be officially notified and assured that the police would not allow unscrupulous elements to hijack the protest.

(NAN)


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  • ANONYMOUS because of Police

    Please Sir,

    Once the Police can arrest the Publisher of Biafra Times it means the paper is telling the truth.
    I’ll need to buy 2,000 copies of Biafra Times. Where can i get it? I am in a hurry to buy more,
    but the money I have now can only buy 2,000 copies. I just want to distribute Biafra Times
    to all Embassies in Nigeria and to the 54 African countries. I also want to exercise my
    right “to hold and impart information” under the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
    Holding Biafra Times in my hands and imparting it worldwide is my legal right.

    • Rommel

      Shame on you,bloody coward,is that how other people achieved theirs?

    • Anasieze Donatus

      I hope you buy the paper with Biafra pounds

  • Rommel

    On Thursday 26th January 2017 in Sutter Middle School (Folsom, California US) a teacher by the name Woody Hart was forced to retire for displaying confederate flag in a history class,were it to be in Nigeria,unenlightened souls would have been talking nonsense and calling Nigeria zoo like they are preparing to do now

  • Idibia

    Tuface leading a protest against the silence of Buhari as Fulani and Hausa Terrorists kill his people? Wonderful! Anyway, as his Benue people have almost been wiped out of the face of the earth through incessant attacks from Fulani Herdsmen from the North, it has become necessary to cry out and get involved since the state governors as as dumb as dummies. Kudos to 2Face.

    It is really becoming interesting…And the Nigerian police though the confused slave (Owoseni) has said it would not allow it. Let’s see how this will play out. An to my Igbo Governors SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME on all of you. Cowards! They are arresting every publisher and owner of any mass medium belonging to the Igbo and you are all looking? Shame!