Still on the president’s visit to Benue. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari disregarded freedom of the press in Benue on Monday as correspondents of several mediums were barred from covering the President’s visit.
About 30 correspondents from various media organisations were in the state, but only seven handpicked media organisations were allowed to cover the President’s visit.
It was gathered that some correspondent, who had gone to the Benue State Government House in the early hours of the day, were told that their organisation was not among those allowed to cover the visit. Checks revealed that there was a directive from the Presidency to restrict the number of media organisations to cover the visit to seven.
The media allowed to cover the visit are The News Agency of Nigeria, Daily Sun, Voice of Nigeria, Daily Trust, Leadership, The Guardian and Daily Independent. No reason was given for the decision.
Apart from journalists, invited stakeholders were turned back at the third gate of the Government House where security, mainly operatives of the Department of State Services, checked the names of guests against a list.