The International Press Centre IPC, Lagos-Nigeria has described as unwarranted and unhealthy for democracy, the denial of access to information and the call on the London Police to arrest a Guardian reporter who was making inquiries about the President of Nigeria.
“With visits by top government officials and leading politicians to the President at the London Abuja house, his stay there has become knowledge and of public interest” said the Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade.
According to him, such public interest demands the establishment of an information unit or centre in London to respond to inquiries about the President.
The IPC Director said other means of responding to the Guardian reporter should have been explored instead of the attempt to get him arrested.
It will be recalled that a reporter attached to the Guardian was denied access to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja house in London, same location the Nigerian leader has been attending to several dignitaries who have been visiting him lately.