The Lagos State police command on Monday said they have arrested the publisher of Biafra Times and nine others for allegedly publishing and circulating seditious and malicious publication.
The Commissioner of Police For Lagos State Fatai Owoseni who was speaking at the parading of the 10 suspects said 515 copies of the offending newspaper were recovered during a raid on the printing press in Shomolu, Lagos
“The printing press has been shut and the environment is being monitored. This is an offence punishable under the Criminal Law of Lagos State.”
He added that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as detectives finished interrogating them.
Ironically, the arrested publisher speaking to journalists said he loves Nigeria and has no intention of spreading discord.
“I love my country and I love my president. My intention is not to fight my country; I just want to pass out information to those who have no access to the Internet.”
“I usually go on the Internet to source for information and publish. I have other papers on sports and social life which I publish.”
“I decided to specialise on Biafra Times when I discovered it is always a sell-out anytime we published stories about eastern parts of the country.”
“Sometimes, I go to newspaper vendors and hear people requesting for Biafra Times.”
“We usually print about 5000 copies which we sell for N100 nationwide.”
With the spokesman of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu still been held by the authorities on similar charges for running Radio Biafra, the allegations against the arrested publisher will most likely be taken seriously.
In another development, the CP told journalists that the command was aware of a proposed demonstration which popular artiste, Tuface Idibia planned to lead.
He said that the command was yet to be officially notified and assured that the police would not allow unscrupulous elements to hijack the protest.