Peoples Daily newspaper disowns Obaigbena over NSA payment claim

Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria
Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, Nigeria

The management of Peoples Media Limited, the publishers of Peoples Daily, has dissociated itself from being part of the 12 newspapers companies who allegedly collected the sum of N10million each from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

The publisher of ThisDay Newspapers, Nduka Obaigbena, had said he received N120 million in March 2015 on behalf of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and 12 newspapers who asked to be compensated for the “unlawful seizure and stoppage of circulation by armed soldiers in Abuja and several cities”.

Peoples Daily was named as one the 12 newspapers that filed claims.

But a statement by the Chief Operating Officer of the newspaper, Ali Ali, said the newspaper never received such money under whatever guise.

“One of the revelation on the current inquisition of the tenure of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) is that this newspaper, among several other national dailies, received the sum of N10million from the office of the former NSA through Nduka Obaigbena, the President of Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN.

“This is new to us. At no time such money was made available to us in whatever guise. We wish to state clearly that it is false and therefore, wish to completely distance this medium from this revelation.

“We don’t know of others, therefore, we can’t speak for them,” said the newspaper.


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