The Nigerian government has expelled a reporter for the German radio, Deutsche Welle, from among state house correspondents after he asked visiting Chadian President Idris Derby questions they considered embarrassing. Derby visited President Goodluck Jonathan Monday, and when leaving was met by eager journalists, including the affected reporter, Ubale Musa. Ubale asked Derby the whereabouts of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, who Derby claimed in March was sighted in Dikwa, Borno state and advised to turn himself in.
“Abubakar Shekau must surrender. We know where he is. If he doesn’t give himself up he will suffer the same fate as his compatriots. He (Shekau) was in Dikwa two days ago. He managed to get away but we know where he is. It’s in his interests to surrender,” Deby said at a news conference in N’djamena, the capital of Chad.
When asked by Musa about Shekau, Derby retorted, “I cannot tell you today that I know where Shekau is hiding and even if I knew I won’t tell you.” Musa also asked Derby the South African mercenaries who were purportedly hired to fight alongside the multinational force of which Chadian soldiers were part of. Shortly after Derby’s departure, the Nigerian authorities took Musa aside, queried and drove him in a van out of the presidential villa. He was later brought back to pick his belongings and again escorted out of the presidential villa in his own car.