Four armed policemen early today, reportedly invaded the headquarters of Kings Communications Limited, publishers of MMS Plus newspaper.
A statement signed by the Editor-in-Chief of MMS Plus, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke said the raid was to arrest him and the Editor of MMS Plus, Mr. Kenneth Jukpor over a story it published on to the possible take over of Dangote refinery by AMCON owing to increasing debts .
Anaroke accused the image maker of Dangote Group, Tony Chiejina, of been behind the seige, noting that Chiejina had earlier threatened him over the report, and have reportedly demanded that the story be pulled down.
He said, “lt would be recalled that the seige by the police is a follow-up by earlier threats made by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Dangote Group, Mr. Anthony Chiejina at the weekend.
“Chiejina had threatened to deal with the editorial leadership of the news outfit via legal action following the news story titled “AMCON May Take Over Dangote Refinery As Liabilities Swell” written by our Reporter and published by our media organization
“After several failed attempts to get the Editor pull down the story, the Dangote spokesman instead of a rejoinder or the legal action which he threatened against our media house, he has resorted to bullying by sending four policemen to beseige the headquarters of Kings Communications Limited in Festac, Lagos since 7am.”
The statement said the policemen sought to have access to the Editor-in-Chief office, which was locked as at the time they visited.
“The police men asked for keys to the personal office of the Editor -in-Chief.
“It should also be on record that Chiejina had searched for the photos of the news editor, Jukpor and Publisher, Anaroke on Sunday and sent them to the editor as a subtle threat which was ignored.
“This press statement has become necessary to draw the attention of the global press to the plight of Journalists who refused to be gagged.”