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Attacks On The Media In August 2002


College Bars Daily Trust Newspapers from Reporting its Activities

The management of College of Education, Zuba, Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has barred Daily Trust newspapers from covering its activities or face its wrath.


Dr. (Mrs.) Umman Abdulwahid gave the order in her office saying that Daily Trust had over reported its activities which has caused the FCT, owners of the institution a lot of worries.


Dr. Abdulwahid said hardly a week passes without a report of the institution in Daily Trust and each time she had been summoned to the Ministry of the FCT over them. She cited two stories: "Robbers in Police Uniform Attack COE Zuba" and "Students' Fate Uncertain Over Accreditation" for which she said she was summoned, queried and warned never to grant press interview on policy issues.


She therefore asked Daily Trust to: "leave College of Education Zubar alone," adding that she had written the editor of the paper to desist from reporting the institution. She queried the source of the correspondent's information on accreditation which she said was top secret in the institution. She asked the medium to stop reporting the school's activities so as not to destabilise it.


Broadcast Corporation Set Ablaze

Arsonists set ablaze parts of the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA) complex in Umuahia, the State Capital on August 30 at about 11.00pm.


The attackers were alleged to have secretly gained access into premises of BCA to carry out their attack with two locally made bombs which they laid beside a high voltage electricity transformer. After spraying the transformer with premium motor spirit (Petrol), they blew it apart.


The blast blew off the roof of the structure housing the transformer into smithereens which were splashed on other apparatuses of the complex. No life was lost.








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