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SSS quizzes Summit Daily Editor

By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto — The State Security Service, SSS, in Abuja, yesterday, interrogated the Editor of Summit  Daily, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, over a story published in last Friday’s edition of the paper.

Mr. Suleiman, who was questioned in the office of the Director of Enforcement for about four hours, said  all the questions were related to the story captioned, “Faces of Northern Traitors,” which government officers found provocative.

“It was all about the story we carried on Friday last week. I think people in government did not find it comfortable. I explained how we came about the facts of the story and the yardstick we used in giving editorial value to those facts,” Suleiman said.

He, nevertheless, observed that a tremendous transformation has come over the attitude of the security agency towards reporters, saying: “It is now a civil organisation that conducts its affairs devoid of the previous muscle flexing or intimidation.”

Suleiman also reiterated his paper’s resolve to continue to be the voice of the voiceless within the confines of the law.

“My experience shows that the nation’s media is actually living up to its primary responsibility of disseminating information for corrective purposes,” he said.

He, however, warned government not to tread the path of suppressing the media and thanked all colleagues and friends for the concern shown while the saga lasted.

“Your support was indeed reassuring”, he said


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