The Presidency has ordered the recall of the correspondent of Punch newspapers, Olalekan Adetayo, who is attached to the State House, Abuja, barely 10 hours after his expulsion from his duty post.
This disclosure was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a message addressed to the Chairman of the State House Press Corps, Malam Ubale Musa.
The presidential spokesman revealed that the recall of Adetayo followed the intervention of the Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
According to him, his office and that of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity will resolve the issue on Tuesday.
“”We just got a clearance from Malam Lawal Daura, the DG SSS, to recall Lekan to the Villa. Please come along with him tomorrow.
“”The Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina and I will resolve the issues,” he said.
It would be recalled Adetayo was interrogated on Monday afternoon by the office of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the president over a story the presidency considered offensive.
The Punch Newspaper had published a story titled, “Fresh Anxiety At Aso Rock Over Buhari’s Health”, on Sunday.
According to Lekan, the CSO referred to the lead story and queried the motive behind it.
He said that the security chief also referred to his column, Aso Rock Lens, published on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and titled: “Seat of power’s event centres going into extinction.”
The correspondent, who spent about 45 minutes with his interrogators, was later escorted out of the Presidential Villa by security operatives after picking his belongings from the Press Gallery of the Council Chamber.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, however, posted on his twitter handle on Monday evening that his office was not consulted before Adetayo was expelled from the Villa by the CSO.
He added that an amicable solution to the matter is being worked out by relevant offices in the Villa, adding that President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way.