Sam Amuka; Director General and CEO, NBC, Ishaq Modibbo -Kawu; Founder and Chairman Emeritus, DAAR Communications Plc; High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Patron NPAN
, Mallam Ismaila Isa; and President NPAN/NPO, Nduka Obaigbena.
The Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has condemned the siege on Daily Trust by the military as unconstitutional, devoid of due process and an act of self-help.
In a statement by its executive secretary, Feyi Smith, NPAN knocked off the military's defence of a violation of Official Secret Act by Daily Trust, noting that the military should have been civil and show appreciation of the imperativeness of information dissemination in today's global village.
Furthermore, the NPAN viewed the arrest of journalists of Daily Trust and seizure of computers as tantamount to bringing back the military era of the brutalisation of the press and the people.
The statement read, 'The Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (NPAN), has received with shock the news of the Nigerian Army's siege to the Daily Trust newspaper offices in Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri over the weekend; arresting an editor and reporter in addition to seizure of computers thereby disrupting the operation of that
The committee with members drawn from the major sectoral associations, namely ADVAN, AAAN, BON, MIPAN, OAAN and NPAN
was chaired by a broadcaster and fellow of Advertising, Alhaji Ayodele Sulaiman met to review and submitted reports on media debts totaling N2 billion as at 2007.
A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) said the President equally commiserated with all members of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the media and sports industry in the country on the death of the respected entrepreneur and philanthropist.
It said the former Vice President felt the pains of the immediate Aboderin family in particular; the media, especially the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and the teeming lovers of Punch newspapers worldwide.