Vanguard (Nigeria)

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TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherVanguard Media

Vanguard is a daily newspaper published by Vanguard Media, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Vanguard Media was established in 1983 by veteran journalist Sam Amuka-Pemu with three friends.[1] The paper has an online edition.[2] The newspaper is one of the few in Nigeria that is considered independent of political control, the others being Thisday, The Punch, The Sun and The Guardian. Daily Report Nigeria is following the trend of reputable online media outfits in Nigeria.[citation needed] In June 1990, the paper was briefly suspended by Col. Raji Rasaki, Military Governor of Lagos State.[3]

In December 2008, the US-based published a story that alleged the wife of the publisher of Vanguard Newspapers was involved in a ritual killing. The Vanguard took the reporter to court, claiming he was attempting extortion.[4] In December 2009, a Niger Delta peace activist commended Vanguard Newspaper for its reporting on the government's intentions, which he said helped persuade the militants to accept amnesty.[5]


  1. ^ "Media - Nigeria". Centre for Intercultural Learning. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Countries: Nigeria: News". Leland Stanford Junior University. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Shutting down the Press: The Practice of Newspaper Closure & Proscription in Nigeria" (PDF). Media Rights Agenda. 11 June 1995. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Moral, Legal and Press War between Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper and US-based Goliath vs. David". Africans In America News Watch. 30 March 2009. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009.
  5. ^ Amaize, Emma (9 December 2009). "Amnesty - Activist Lauds Vanguard, Uduaghan, Sylva". Vanguard. AllAfrica. Retrieved 18 December 2009.