By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
The management of Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation Newspapers has described the Wednesday invasion of armed men to its headquarters leading to a fire outbreak as a targeted attack on free press.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Daily Editor, The Nation, Mr. Adeniyi Adesina.
It was stated that the invaders “kicked their way into the premises after scaring away security men on duty, brandishing their sophisticated guns.
“They poured petrol on the frontage of the building and set fire to it.
“Some of the vehicles parked within the premises were set ablaze, others vandalised.”
According to the statement, youths came after the initial attack to loot the office.
It was revealed that it took the men of Operation Mesa security outfit to restore sanity to the premises and environs.
The statement in part read: “Many boys came thereafter and swooped on the office, looting everything they could lay their hands on.
“These include desktop computers, laptops, air conditioners and other office equipment.
“At the time of the attack, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Mr. Victor Ifijeh, was among those trapped within the office while the fire raged on.
“They were evacuated when men of Operation Mesa security outfit arrived.
“Their arrival ended the free rein of the invaders.
“It was obviously a targeted attack on the free press.
“The Nation had been listed on Twitter and other social media platforms by sympathisers of the ongoing destructive activities, as a target of attack.
“The Nation has robustly reported the protests fairly, giving voice to the agitation of youths for a better Nigeria.
“The Management is at a loss as to why the company should be a target of such unwarranted attack.”