BREAKING: Army releases Daily Trust Maiduguri editor

BREAKING: Army releases Daily Trust Maiduguri editor

- An editor of Daily Trust, Uthman Abubakar, detained by the Nigerian Army has been released

- Abubakar said he was not manhandled while being detained the Army

- The editor, however, said his mobile phones and laptop are yet to be released to him

The detained Maiduguri Bureau Chief of Daily Trust, Uthman Abubakar, has been released by the military authorities who detained him since the afternoon of Sunday, January 6.

The editor-in-chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan-Ali, announced the release shortly after speaking to the editor who was reportedly brought back to the Maiduguri office by an unnamed Major. gathers that Uthman said that he was courteously treated by the soldiers. He, however, said his mobile phones and laptop are yet to be released to him.

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The soldiers allegedly told him that they need time to finish the forensic checks they are carrying out on the equipment.

The newspaper's editor-in-chief added that computers and laptops taken from the Abuja head office are also yet to be returned, adding that senior government officials have said the items will be released shortly.

Earlier, the Nigerian Army admitted invading the offices of Daily Trust newspapers offices in Maiduguri, Abuja and Lagos but explained the action was taken to invite the organisation’s journalists responsible for the publication of a classified military operation plans.

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In a statement sent to journalists by its spokesman, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, the army said the disclosure of such classified information by the newspaper undermined national security hence its reporters responsible were being invited for question.

According to him, the invitation was for further investigation and if need be, all those responsible will be prosecuted by the relevant law enforcement agency.

Armed soldiers had on Sunday, January 6, invaded the newspaper's offices. In the Maiduguri office, the soldiers arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab.

At the Abuja office of the newspaper, the soldiers forced the gate open and drove in with three vans loaded with armed soldiers.

Everyone in the building was asked to move to the ground floor while while the military personnel retrieved the phones of all staff member in the office. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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