Sunday, July 02, 2006

Flight of fancy

Nigeria arrests reporters over story on president's luxury jet
By Stephen Bevan
(Filed: 02/07/2006)

Olusegun Obasanjo, the Nigerian president appointed last week to Tony Blair's Africa Progress Panel, is facing criticism over the arrest of two journalists for writing about his new luxury presidential jet.
The two reporters were thrown in jail on charges of sedition after revealing that technical problems had forced Mr Obasanjo's £40 million Boeing aeroplane to make an emergency landing within weeks of going into service.
Despite the Nigerian government's efforts to silence them, local journalists have also revealed that the buying of the luxurious jet is the subject of an inquiry by Nigeria's anti-corruption watchdog, a sensitive matter, given Mr Obasanjo's pledge to tackle rampant graft.
Daily Telegraph


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