30th April, 2012
Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, Publisher of the ThisDay newspapers says Thursday’s bomb attack on the company’s building in Abuja will never affect the editorial judgement of the paper.
Obaigbena stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja.
“It is an attack on the country, it is an attack on free speech, it is an attack on media, but be rest assured that we will never surrender.”
He confirmed the death of four people in the attack, while nine others sustained injuries, adding that three of the injured persons had been discharged from hospital.
Obaigbena pledged that the company would shoulder the medical bills of those receiving medical treatments in the hospitals.
He said that the first casualty of the incident was the security man whot tried to stop the bomber from gaining entrance into the company’s premises.
“The other casualties were in the building’s surrounding here.
“As far as I recall right now, there were about four casualties, about nine are in hospital, three were discharged yesterday, one on intensive care and the rest are being looked after.
“We will do all in our powers to look after them and ensure their welfare and security.’’
He thanked President Jonathan and other well wishers for their concern.
Obaigbena pledged that the newspapers would continue to defend freedom of speech, in line with the nation’s constitution.