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Drama as NIA DG was denied access to Aso Villa

…Confused at the sight of newsmen
No sooner had his suspension was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, a mild drama ensued on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as the Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, was prevented from entering the Villa through the service chiefs’ gate.

The service chiefs’ gate as the name implies is used by the service chiefs and few high-ranking appointees of the president who include the ministers of Defence, FCT and attorney general of the federation.

The NIA DG, who arrived at the villa shortly after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr Babachir Lawal, met Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was accosted by a number of journalists at the entrance to the main building.

Oke was also scheduled to meet the vice president who has been appointed by President Buhari to be the chairman of the committee to carry out the investigation on the discovery of huge local and foreign currencies alleged to be NIA’s possession.

Jittery and confused at the sight of the journalists who posed to capture his pictures, ambassador Oke quickly turned back, ordering his security aides to prevent the newsmen from taking his pictures.

Undaunted by the officers’ gesture, the journalists with their cameras and other gadgets struggled to take the suspended DG’s pictures.

It was at this time that the aides clustered around their boss as they walked through the side of the building.

The DG, who was visibly troubled, was however bundled into his waiting Toyoto Landcruiser Jeep with registration number: KSF 309 DH.

He was then driven to the service chief’s gate accompanied by another Landcrusier jeep with the aim of boycotting the journalists in their numbers but the security guards at the gate denied him access.

They turned back disappointed and pulled up for few minutes before whisking him away.

About 30 minutes later, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, appealed to the State House Correspondents some of who were already laying ambush by VP’s office to retire to the press gallery in order to allow the NIA DG see the vice president.

Ambassador Oke later came in for the meeting with the vice president.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.