Armed men in uniform led arson attack on The Nation Newspapers, says management
By Abiola Ojo
Management of The Nation Newspapers said today that armed men on motorcycles led the attack on The Nation Newspapers.
A statement by The Nation Editor, Mr Adesina made available to Irohinoodua said the attack was pre-planned.
Adesina said ” the headquarters of The Nation on Fatai Atere Way, Matori, Lagos on Wednesday afternoon.”
He said the attackers came in a commando-like manner, kicked their way into the premises after scaring away security men on duty, brandishing their sophisticated guns.
He said “They poured petrol on the frontage of the building and set fire to it.
Some of the vehicles parked within the premises were set ablaze, others vandalised
Many boys came thereafter and swooped on the office, looting everything they could lay their hands on.”
Items looted include desktop computers, laptops, air conditioners and other office equipment.
He said “At the time of the attack, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Mr. Victor Ifijeh, was among those trapped within the office while the fire raged on.
They were evacuated when men of Operation Mesa security outfit arrived.
Their arrival ended the free rein of the invaders.
It was obviously a targeted attack on the free press.”
The Nation had been listed on Twitter and other social media platforms by sympathisers of the ongoing destructive activities, as a target of attack.
The Nation has robustly reported the protests fairly, giving voice to the agitation of youths for a better Nigeria.
Adesina said the management is at a loss as to why the company should be a target of such unwarranted attack.