President Muhammadu Buhari last night ordered that the army should vacate the Maiduguri and Abuja offices of Daily Trust after they were shut down based on the grievance of the Nigerian military with its lead story.
A tweet by the senior special assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu “The Federal Government has directed the military to vacate the premises of @daily_trust and the order has been complied with. Issues between the military and the newspaper as they affect the coverage of the war in the Northeast will be resolved through dialogue.”
Armed soldiers had earlier sealed off the head office of Media Trust Limited Abuja, publishers of Daily Trust Newspapers.
The soldiers, who arrived the company’s premises in five Hilux vehicles at about 6.15pm, forced their way into the news room, the advert department and the printing press unit.
Military men had earlier yesterday carried out a similar operation at the Maiduguri office of the company where they arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawaab whose whereabouts were unknown as of the time of filing this report.
At the Abuja office of the company, the soldiers ordered all the staff members out and carted all computers away.
The soldiers did not disclose the reason for their action, but it might not be unconnected to a story on military operations in the Northeast, published by the medium yesterday.
They requested to see the paper’s Politics Editor, Hamza Idris whose byline appeared in the story, but the staff declined giving any information about him.