Armed Soldiers Invade Daily Trust Offices, Arrest Journalists

Armed soldiers sighted in front of the Daily Trust office

By Sadiq Umar – Armed soldiers on Sunday invaded the corporate head office of Daily Trust newspaper in Abuja where it arrested two of its staff.

The soldiers also raided the Maiduguri, Borno State bureau office of the newspaper.

Those arrested include the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar, and one of the paper’s reporters, Ibrahim Sawab, during the raid.

Eye witness said the armed soldiers who came in pickup trucks sealed up the head office located in the Jabi, Abuja, and seized computers and other items and ordered reporters to vacate the newsroom.

They were said to invaded the offices to stop the publication of reports in connection with military counter-insurgency plan against Boko Haram in the northeast.

The raid happened hours after the newspaper published a report detailing how the Nigerian military assembled troops and equipment in preparation for a massive operation to retake Baga and five other towns in Borno from Boko Haram.

The Maiduguri office is believed to have authored the report for tomorrow (Monday) publication.

Baga was seized in the last two weeks by members of the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP), the faction of Boko Haram affiliated to ISIS.

Daily Trust, popular in the northern part of the country, reported that more towns were captured by the insurgents.

They include Doron-Baga, Kross Kawwa, Bunduran, Kekeno and Kukawa after expelling their military defenders.

They asked for Hamza Idris, the political editor of the paper; Mr Abubakar, the Maiduguri bureau chief; and Mr Sawab, a reporter. It was not immediately clear whether Mr Idris was arrested.


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