The invitation followed a publication in its newspaper, Wednesday April 3, 2013, entitled “Outrage trail presidential directive on Tinubu, APC.”
Leadership said since that publication, the police had besieged its offices, particularly after its follow-up publication on Thursday entitled “Bromide of the Presidential directive” which was in response to denials of the report by presidential spokesmen, Doyin Okupe and Reuben Abati.
“After we published the bromide of the presidential directive, we provoked a raft of police visitations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Today, Sunday, we received the invite to report at the Nigeria Police Headquarters, Abuja by 10 am Monday and we intend to honour the request.”
A copy of the invitation sighted by Vanguard, read in part: “This office is investigating the circumstances leading to your front page publication entitled ‘Outrage trail Presidential directive on Tinubu, APC‘ and a sub title captioned ‘Bromide of the presidential directive.’ The publication which featured in your Wednesday, April 3, 2013 edition was reported by the trio of Messrs Tony Omokeodo, Chibuzor Ukaibe and Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani.
“Based on our facts finding efforts, you are hereby requested to release the above mentioned reporters to interview the Deputy Inspector General of Police D Department (FCID) on Monday April 8, 2013 at 10000hrs… Note that its your civic and corporate responsibility to assist police investigation by honouring its invitation in the interest of justice and due process.”