Armed soldiers on Sunday evening invaded the headquarters of Daily Trust newspapers in Abuja. The invasion of the headquarters came hours after a similar raid on the paper’s Maiduguri Bureau in the north east where a battle against Boko Haram insurgency has been raging.
As soon as soldiers arrived the headquarters, a senior executive alerted his media colleagues thus: “Soldiers have laid siege to Daily Trust headquarters in Abuja. No one enters and no one goes out. They had earlier arrested the Maiduguri Bureau Chief and one reporter. It is about today’s Daily Trust on Sunday lead story, the planned operation to recapture Baga.”
But the story unfolded afterwards at a fast pace as the newspaper published the story of the of the invasion of its headquarters with the headline: BREAKING: Armed soldiers invade Daily Trust head office, move computers
The story reads: “Armed soldiers have invaded Daily Trust head office in Abuja, hours after taking over the Newspaper’s regional office in Maiduguri, Borno state and arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab.
“All efforts to get the Military authorities’ response to these invasions have proved abortive as the Nigerian Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman ignored calls made to him by our reporter” the newspaper reported on its website.
An attempt by Newsdiaryonline to hear the military side of the story was unsuccessful at the time of filing this story.It was learnt that a statement may come “shortly.”
Meanwhile, reports Sunday night said the siege was extended to the Lagos office of Daily Trust . A combined team of military and police personnel was sighted at the Lagos office along Acme Road, Agidingbi ,Ikeja Lagos.