At about 4.00 pm on Sunday, some armed soldiers invaded the office of Daily Trust in Abuja and Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and shut down the premises.
The CEO and Editor in Chief of the medium, Mannir Dan-Ali, in a phone interview with Channels Television, said that the soldiers whisked away two members of staff at the Maiduguri office.
“About an hour later, some other soldiers also went ahead to shut down the Abuja office” he said.
“Around four o’clock, I got a call from our Maiduguri office where I was informed that soldiers and some plain-clothes security officials had surrounded our regional office and forced their way in and after spending about 20 minutes, they now went away with two of our reporters (the Bureau Chief Mr. Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Mr. Ibrahim Sawab.
“An hour or so, thereafter, I also got another call because I happened to be outside Abuja, driving back into Abuja. So, I got another call saying that soldiers had come to our head office and that they’ve forced themselves into the premises. And eventually they asked everyone to leave the premises and then they confiscated some computers from our editorial department where tomorrow’s paper is being prepared.
“Obviously, the aim is to prevent the Daily Trust from being on the street tomorrow.
“Now I’m actually close to the office. I’ve gone to the gate, I’ve seen the soldiers who are manning the gate and they have shut down our five floors and all the lights are off and that’s the situation as I speak to you now,” Dan-Ali said.