Since the arrest of the regional editor of the Daily Trust, Uthman Abubakar and reporter, Ibrahim Sawab, in Maiduguri, Borno State, as well as the raid of and seizures of equipment, in the Maiduguri and Abuja offices of the newspaper, the military had received more condemnation than sympathy for their alleged action.
The country is equally yet in the throes of the publication of classified military information about an impending operation against Boko Haram by Daily Trust newspaper.
By Owei Lakemfa AS a former newspaper Editor, I would not have published the Daily Trust lead story of January 6, 2019 titled: Military prepares massive operation to retake Baga, others, which led to the newspaper’s invasion by armed soldiers.
This writer is monitoring the development regarding the reported invasion of the Premises of the national office of Daily Trust Newspapers in Abuja and its regional office in Maiduguri in Borno State few days back.
The military also subsequently invaded the offices of leading national newspaper, Daily Trust and arrested some of its journalists over an ‘exclusive’ report it had recently published on the counter-insurgency strategy of the Nigerian Army.
According to Daily Trust, Attahiru Bafarawa, a former governor of Sokoto State promised to give the sum of N50million to any zone in the state with the highest number of PDP votes.
Sabastine Tartenger Hon, a senior advocate, disclosed this to Daily Trust via a phone conversation.
Kaine Agary Last week, officers of the Nigerian Army invaded the offices of Daily Trust newspapers.
When we said we needed power to power Lagos and the industrial base in our region, they said no”, Daily Trust quoted him as saying.
Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State, told Daily Trust that he has no doubt President Buhari will perform better in 2019 even as he assured the APC won’t be involved in election rigging.