Dangote Refinary, AMCON saga: MMS office comes under ferocious attack
Following an alleged possible takeover of the Dangote mega Refinary by AMCON, armed policemen allegedly acting on the others of the management of the Dangote Refinary have been invaded and ransacked the Festac office of Kings Communication LTD, Publishers of MMS Plus newspaper on Tuesday, in a failed bid to arrest the Publisher, Editor-In-chief, Kingsley Anaroke and the news Editor, Kenneth Kupor.
In a press release sent to Ebony herald magazine, the headquarters of Kings Communications Limited, publishers of MMS Plus newspaper has alleged that the in a bid to muffle and gag Anaroke and the news Editor, MMS Plus, Mr. Kenneth Jukpor over a story published on possible take over of Dangote refinery by AMCON owing to increasing debts .
” It would be recalled that the seige by the police is a follow-up by earlier threats made by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Dangote Group, Mr. Anthony Chiejina at the weekend. Chiejina had threatened to deal with the editorial leadership of the news outfit via legal action following the news story titled “AMCON May Take Over Dangote Refinery As Liabilities Swell” written by our Reporter and published by our media organization. After several failed attempts to get the Editor pull down the story, the Dangote spokesman instead of a rejoinder or the legal action which he threatened against our media house, has resorted to bullying, by sending four policemen to beseige the headquarters of Kings Communications Limited in Festac, Lagos since 7 a.m. The police men asked for keys to the personal office of the Editor -in-Chief,” Anaroke narrated.
Continuing, he said, “it should also be on record that Chiejina had searched for the photos of the news editor, Jukpor and Publisher, Anaroke on Sunday and sent them to the editor as a subtle threat which was ignored. This press statement has become necessary to draw the attention of the global press to the plight of Journalists who refused to be gagged.”
Even at the time of filling this Report, The Dangote Corporate Communication officer Mr. Anthony Chiejina has not responded to all calls and messages put across to his cell phones by our reporter.