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Presidency Recalls Punch Reporter Adetayo Back To Aso Villa

Chairman Villa Chapel,

“We just got a clearance from Malam Lawal Daura, the DG SSS to recall Lekan to the Villa. 

“Please come along with him tomorrow. The Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina and I will resolve the issues. 

“Pls advise the Correspondents and the rest of your members to handle this with maturity. It will not help anyone to start daring the security. 

“Lekan should be assured that he is safe. We will straighten out everything.” – Garba Shehu, SSAP (Media and Publicity), Abuja

With the above words, the Nigerian Presidency announced the recall of the Correspondent of Punch Newspapers, Olalekan Adetayo.

Adetayo, who was attached to the State House, Abuja, had barely 10 hours, been expelled from the beat.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this development in a message addressed to the Chairman of the State House Press Corps, Malam Ubale Musa.

The presidential spokesman revealed that the recall of Adetayo followed the intervention of the Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.

According to him, his office and that of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity will resolve the issue on Tuesday.

It would be recalled Adetayo was interrogated on Monday afternoon by the office of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the president over a story the presidency considered offensive.

The correspondent, who spent about 45 minutes with his interrogators, was later escorted out of the Presidential Villa by security operatives after picking his belongings from the Press Gallery of the Council Chamber.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, however, posted on his twitter handle on Monday evening that his office was not consulted before Adetayo was expelled from the Villa by the CSO.

According to him, an amicable solution to the matter is being worked out by relevant offices in the Villa, adding that President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way.

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