Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) have invaded the home of Mr. Tife Owolabi, the correspondent of international news agency, Thomas Reuters. The DSS operatives accused the correspondent of espionage and took away personal computers and other electronic gadgets from his home. The security operatives who were armed with automatic rifles and pistols searched the home of Owolabi for hours, claiming to be acting on orders from Abuja.
At the end of the search, the security men left with the mobile phones of the Reuters reporter and those belonging to his wife, Jane. Information gathered revealed that the invasion followed an invitation for a brief chat extended to Owolabi by the DSS on Friday, where he was interrogated for hours and later released to the state chairman of Nigerian Union of journalists (NUJ),
Mr. Tare Akono. Owolabi confirmed the development in a text message. He said, “The DSS men stormed my apartment on Saturday to conduct a search and claimed it was based on an order from Abuja. The DSS men claimed that I am unpatriotic owing to my job and relationship with the Thomas Reuters.
“They claimed that they gathered that I sent or planning to send “negative” report to the outside world. I believe it is a deliberate clampdown on international journalists. All my working tools, including gadgets, cameras, laptops, iPad and hard drives, are with them. I was asked to report back on Monday (today).”