Nigerian soldiers have allegedly shut down Daily Trust headquarters office in Abuja and its regional office in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
It was also alleged that the soldiers who invaded Daily Trust regional office in Maiduguri arrested an editor and reporter, while those who invaded Daily Trust head office in Abuja, packed computer sets and also ordered all members of staff to leave the newsroom.
Staff of the news platform arrested have been identified as Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab, though what led to this is not known, however the management of the news platform said “it may be connected with the lead story of Daily Trust on Sunday which focused on military operations in the North-East.”
“A major operation is on the way but we can’t divulge the details to you,” Daily Trust reported.
“More troops including ground troops, airmen and naval personnel are being deployed from different formations. They would join those on ground in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states for the operations,” the newspaper said citing a military source.
A Daily Trust source said personnel of the Department of State Services initially stormed the Daily Trust office in Maiduguri in two vehicles and asked the security guards the whereabouts of the reporters whose byline appeared on the story.
He said they were told that no one was around. The DSS operatives then left only to return as a combined team of DSS, Army and Civil Defence officers in some vehicles. He further noted that they allegeldy asked of the reporters again but when they were told no one was in the office, they got angry, seized the phones of two security guards and got access to the office.