Publisher of Biafra Times arrested with 9 others in Lagos

The police in Lagos on Monday said it has arrested the publisher of Biafra Times and nine others for alleg­edly publishing and circu­lating seditious and mali­cious publication.
Parading the 10 sus­pects, Lagos State Po­lice Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, 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,” Mr. Owoseni said.
He added that the sus­pects would be charged to court as soon as detec­tives finished interrogat­ing them.
The arrested publisher, however, told journalists that he had no intention to promote disunity and disharmony among Nige­rians.
“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,’’ he said.
The prime suspect said he had been publishing for the past eight years but only specialised in Biafra Times three months ago.
“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,” he said.
In another develop­ment, the police commis­sioner told journalists that the command was aware of a proposed demonstra­tion which popular artiste, Tuface Idibia planned to lead.

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