Security details at the Presidency on Monday withdrew the accreditation of the Radio Dutch correspondent and ordered the journalist out of the Villa. The journalist is Ubale Musa, the State House correspondent of German Radio, Deutsche Welle.
Musa probably irked the security operatives because of his ‘embarrassing questions’ to visiting Chadian President, Idris Derby.
The question in contention, according to Musa was the one relating to the relationship between the Chadian troops and the supposed South African mercenaries.
“What is the relationship between the multinational task force fighting in Lake Chad and the South African mercenaries fighting with them?,” Ubale had asked the Chadian leader.
He was said to have been invited by the security aides to President Jonathan soon after Derby’s departure and had his accreditation card seized and escorted out of the Villa.
Meanwhile, the Chadian President, has said that he would not provide information on the whereabouts of Boko Haram leader, Ibrahim Shekau even if he knew his hiding place.
The Chadian leader spoke on yesterday at Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja during a visit to President Goodluck Jonathan.
“I cannot tell you today that I know where Shekau is hiding and even if I knew I won’t tell you,” he stated while answering questions posed to him by State House correspondents.
This position is, however, contrary to his earlier reported stance that that he knew where the Boko Haram leader was and would order his arrest if he failed to surrender.
President Derby also denied any knowledge of South African mercenaries allegedly working with the multinational forces in the fight against the insurgents, even as he expressed regrets over the inability of the Nigeria and his country to undertake joint field operations in the fight.
He said: “It’s regrettable that the two armies, that is the Nigerian army and the Chadian Army are working separately in the field, they are not undertaking joint operation. If they were operating joint operation probably they would have achieved more results.
“I have no information concerning mercenaries from South Africa.
“Still on the issue of Boko Haram, in the Lake Chad Basin there are four countries Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger that are currently securing the area. The four countries have managed to form a multinational mixed force that will metamophose into what is probably known as a Rapid Response Force that the African Union is trying to form for Africa.”