Unknown persons have carried out an overnight operation in which they forcefully removed the last two postings on Intervention Online, A Management statement has announced. The statement named the two materials removed as “TY Danjuma @ 80 (2): In the Aftermath and the Last Duty” and “PDP Dashes Hope of Idealists”. Readers who click on any of the two stories will now find themselves opening to “OoPs 404, Page Not Found”
Linking the experience to memories of authoritarian rule in recent past in Nigeria, Management is, however, saying it has no idea yet who might have done it but that the question would be about who are those likely to have the argument and the technical capacity to do it. “The fingers would naturally point at either criminally minded individuals, party interests or security operatives”, said the Management statement which went on to claim that Intervention has been in the eye of some powerful interests but that it stands by the message in the two materials removed. It refers to the story on the PDP as nothing but a straightforward counterfactual exercise on the outcome of the PDP convention which it describes as a very regular journalistic practice. So also did it dismiss the possibility of any section that could be offending in the analytical piece on General TY Danjuma at 80 by a member of the Editorial Collective of the online paper.
Describing the exercise as a pointless one, the statement explained that the materials in question had already reached readership threshold before the impostors struck. It goes on to declare that the “The victim of the thuggery is not Intervention Online but the Nigerian people”. However, the statement guarantees readers of the online newspaper of even more qualitative strides in interpretative journalism.
The year and half old online newspaper is an analytical or opinion journalism based medium with a crusading or advocacy tinge. That might explain what has been called its recent striking rise.