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FW: What happened between the Nigerian Army and Daily Trust Newspaper?

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Armed military officers occupied the Borno State regional office of Daily Trust, one of Nigeria's newspapers on Sunday, 6th January 2019.

The officers arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and one of its reporters, Ibrahim Sawab. According to the newspaper, the arrests were made over a lead story on the activities of the military in the Northeast. The story was published on the same day the arrests were made. 

Daily Trust’s online editor, Biodun Alade also confirmed that the Nigerian army closed the Abuja office of the newspaper. He told Vanguard news that the soldiers had asked staff members in the Federal Capital Territory to pack their work tools and leave the premises.

“Armed military officials have invaded Daily Trust regional office in Maiduguri and arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter Ibrahim Sawab. It is not clear why they took action but, it may be connected with the lead story of the Daily Trust on Sunday on the military operation in the North East. The military also shut the gate of the Maiduguri regional office.” - Biodun Alade.

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