A foremost online news site in Nigeria, Premium Times has claimed that two men suspected to be officials of the State Security Service attempted to breach the home of its Editor-in-Chief, Musikilu Mojeed, on Sunday.
Premium Times said the security operatives claimed they had a message to drop for him for Mr Mojeed.
The medium quoted wife of the editor, Haulat Mojeed, as describing the the two men as “both dark in complexion, one tall and clad in a dark suit, the other of average height wore a t-shirt, rode in a 2008 Toyota Camry car.”
The medium recounted the incidence thus: “The plain-clothed men, Mrs Mojeed recalled, asked that she open her gate as they have a parcel for her husband whom, they told her, they “were aware was not around.
“I cannot remember my husband saying anyone will bring a parcel,” she told the men, asking them to pass it through an opening on the gate but they declined.
“Recalling her encounter later, Mrs Mojeed said she told them she wanted to fetch her phone, call her husband, and ask if he was expecting any parcel, but the shorter of the men who was waiting in the car said “This woman is wasting our time. Let’s go,” before they both sped off in the tinted car.
“A little while later, another set of paired security operatives arrived at PREMIUM TIMES reporter Samuel Ogundipe’s house. They parked at the roadside, looking directly into his apartment through the fence. After apparently noticing no activity, they drove off”, the medium reported.
Premium Times said it suspected that its reportage of the disagreement between the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari a week earlier may have put the security personnel on the trail of its staff.
The medium hinted that in the past week, there were indications that the military and security agencies may be on the trail of Mr Ogundipe, the reporter who broke the news, adding that in the aftermath of the story, Ogundipe’s internet identity and domain have been subjected to a relentless hacking attacks while he has been receiving calls from strange numbers to confirm his identity.
Reaction to the incidence on Sunday, Premiun Times said “in an age of widespread kidnapping it adds no value to the image of security officials to play by the protocols of nefarious actors in the community, visiting the homes of citizens and making up stories about dropping messages for them or threatening them through anonymous calls.
“If the security forces want any of our staff, we would be happy to present them in a way that will ensure clear accountability,” the statement said.