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German radio reporter barred from Aso Rock

German radio reporter barred from Aso Rock
May 11
16:57 2015

After its state house correspondent asked President Idriss Déby of Chad what were probably considered to be embarrassing questions on Monday, the accreditation of the German Radio, Deutsche Welle, has been withdrawn.

Ubale Musa had asked Déby, who had just had a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, about the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, making reference to a statement by the Chadian leader in March to the effect that the sect’s leader had been seen in Dikwa, Borno state.

Musa also asked about the relationship between the multinational task force fighting in Lake Chad and the South African mercenaries fighting with them in the Sambisa forest.

Musa said he did not know the whereabouts of Shekau and also denied knowledge of the presence of the mercenaries.


Federal government had also denied the involvement of South African mercenaries, maintaining that Nigerian soldiers were only being trained on new weapons by foreigners.

After Déby left the villa, Musa was taken aside and questioned, after which he was escorted into a waiting van and driven out of Aso Rock villa.

He was later allowed to return to pack his belongings at the press gallery, after which the security agents escorted him again out of the presidential villa, this time in his personal car.


He can no longer report the activities of the president for Radio Duetsche Welle.

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