Armed soldiers shut down Daily Trust offices in Borno, Kaduna and Abuja

Armed soldiers shut down Daily Trust offices in Borno, Kaduna and Abuja

Armed soldiers shut down Daily Trust offices in Borno, Kaduna and Abuja

The Nigerian Army says it invaded the offices of Daily Trust Newspapers offices in Maiduguri and Abuja to invite the organisation's journalists responsible for the publication of a classified military operation plans.

It's not clear why they took the action but it may be connected with the paper's lead story today on a military operation in the North East.

He also said the story gave the Boko Haram sect prior notice of the Army's plans while also alerting it to prepare against the Nigerian military.

According to him, the soldiers invaded the offices and arrested both the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab.

"They stormed into the newsroom on the third floor and seized computers and laptops before ordering everyone to vacate the building".

According to the same sources, similar operations took place at the Lagos Daily Trust office at the same time.

"They have sealed the building".

The Army spokesperson accused the newspaper of disclosing details of planned military operations against Boko Haram terrorists.

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This followed a series of Boko Haram raids on military bases in the area.

Usman said: "The disclosure of classified security information amounts to a breach of national security and run contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Official Secrets Act".

The statement was issued hours after the presidency commented on the raids.

"The Federal Government has directed the military to vacate the premises of @daily_trust and the order has been complied with".

The Army statement reads: "The Nigerian Army wishes to clarify on alleged invasion of Media Trust Headquarters in Abuja and regional office in Maiduguri".

"Issues between the military and the newspaper as they affect the coverage of the war in the Northeast will be resolved through dialogue", he added.

Efforts by the newspaper to get the Nigerian Army's response on the invasions proved abortive as the military spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, ignored calls to his line by Daily Trust.

The faction of the terrorist, belonging to the Al-Banarwi which is affiliated to the Islamic State West African Province - ISWAP attacked the border town and surrounding communities shortly after the Christmas.

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