Vanguard (Nigeria)

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TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherVanguard Media
Headquarters Lagos

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 . [3] In June 1990, the paper was briefly suspended by Col. Raji Rasaki, Military Governor of Lagos State. [4]

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