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
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
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.