Presidency Recalls Expelled Punch Reporter
A Punch Newspaper correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, expelled from the State House in Abuja on Monday has been recalled.
The Presidency ordered the recall of the correspondent barely 10 hours after his expulsion from the beat.
A spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, confirmed the presidency’s decision in a message addressed to the Chairman of the State House Press Corps, Mr Ubale Musa.
Mr Shehu revealed that the recall of Adetayo followed the intervention of the Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Daura’s office and that of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity will resolve the issue on Tuesday, Shehu said.
"We just got a clearance from Lawal Daura, the DG SSS, to recall Lekan to the Villa. Please come along with him tomorrow.
"The Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina and I will resolve the issues," he said.
Adetayo was interrogated on Monday afternoon by the office of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the president over a story the presidency considered offensive.
The correspondent, who spent about 45 minutes with his interrogators, was later escorted out of the Presidential Villa by security operatives after picking his belongings from the Press Gallery of the Council Chamber.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, however, posted on his twitter handle on Monday evening that his office was not consulted before Adetayo was expelled from the Villa by the CSO.