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Soldiers shut down Daily Trust offices in Abuja, Borno, arrests editor, reporter

Valentine Chinyem

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Gun-wielding soldiers have allegedly invaded and shut down Daily Trust’s offices in Abuja and Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Vanguard is reporting.

The Online Editor of Daily Trust, Mr. Biodun Alade, confirmed this to Vanguard on Sunday evening.

According to him, the soldiers invaded the offices and arrested both the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab. He said, as at the time Vanguard called him, that the soldiers had asked staff members at the Abuja office to pack their working tools, including laptops and leave the premises.

He said the arrest is not unconnected with a lead story of Daily Trust on Sunday on military operation in the North East.

According to him, “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 the action but it may be connected with the lead story of Daily Trust on Sunday on military operation in the North East. The military also shut the gate of the Maiduguri regional office.”

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