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Armed Soldiers Invade Daily Trust office in Abuja, Seize Computers

Armed soldiers on Sunday invaded Daily Trust headquarters in Jabi area of Abuja, taking away computers, laptops and other properties from the newsroom.

It is not clear why they took the action, but it was gathered the incident might not be unconnected with the lead story of Daily Trust on Sunday on military operations in the North East.

The paper had reported that the military plans to reclaim Baga and other communities taken over by Boko Haram some weeks ago.

The military authorities had earlier claimed that no territory was being occupied by the insurgents.

Before the raid on the newspaper’s office in Abuja, military operatives were said to have also stormed the paper’s regional office in Maiduguri, Borno state, arresting the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab.

Daily Trust reported that the soldiers shut the gate of the Maiduguri regional office after arresting the two editorial staff on sight at the time of the raid.

A witness also noted that the soldiers requested to see Daily Trust’s Political Editor, Hamza Idris, whose byline appeared on the story.

The Punch

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