New York, October 12, 2011--Police in Nigeria arrested
six journalists and one staff member from independent daily The Nation on Tuesday
concerning the publication of a
purported private letter from former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo to
President Goodluck Jonathan about administrators of government agencies, local
On the front page of its October 4 edition, The Nation published a letter, allegedly written by Obasanjo, that recommended Jonathan replace five CEOs of several government agencies, news reports said. Obasanjo filed a complaint last week, accusing the newspaper of publishing the letter with a forgery of his signature, Olusola Amore, the national police spokesman, told CPJ. The Nation, widely perceived as an opposition paper, said in a statement that they stand by their story and the letter's authenticity.