THISDAY offices attacked by unknown gunmen in Abuja

THISDAY offices attacked by unknown gunmen in Abuja

Unknown gunmen on Friday, January 28, raided the office of THISDAY located at Utako district in the federal capital territory (FCT).

This was reported by THISDAY which noted that the gunmen stormed the office in the early hours of Thursday.

According to the report, the assailants subjected the security guards and production staff to “inhumane treatments”, threatening to kill them if they made any attempt to alert the police.

The gunmen who were said to be in the premises of the newspaper’s office for about 45 minutes, reportedly told the staff that they would be back again “in the days ahead”.

The management of THISDAY said it has since reported the incident to the police division in Utako district.

The attack is coming about 10 years after suicide bombers attacked the newspaper’s offices in the FCT and Kaduna state, killing 11 people.

Meanwhile, the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to defer the removal of fuel subsidy has nothing to do with the 2023 elections.

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This is the stand of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO).

Rather, the President took the decision in the interest of the nation and the masses, the BMO disclosed.

This was contained in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke. Specifically, the group said that the move has more to do with the President’s pro-masses stance than any political consideration.

“Our attention has been drawn to suggestions by some so-called experts; and opposition elements that the Buhari administration’s decision to put fuel subsidy removal on hold; has something to do with the next cycle of elections in 2023.

“We view those comments as misleading, uninformed, unintelligent and an attempt to muddle the waters; especially as the President has always been clear about his opposition to removing fuel subsidy; without putting the necessary structures in place.

“It is strange that not many people could recall how President Buhari expressed his reluctance; to remove subsidy in an interview with Arise TV last year.

“So, we’re surprised that some people would read political motives into a decision; that is clearly in line with the mindset of a President; who has in six years given bailouts funds running into trillions of Naira; to States to pay salaries and pensions,” it said.

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