Leadership (Abuja)

7 June 2014

Nigeria: Army Confiscates Daily Trust Newspapers

Heavily armed soldiers on Friday morning confiscated copies of DAILY TRUST across the country and disrupted the distribution of the paper in major cities including Abuja, Kano, Maiduguri and Port Harcourt.

The soldiers, who claimed they were acting on superior order, mounted road blocks along the major highways through which the newspaper is distributed, intercepted the delivery vans and detained some of the drivers.

The army also mounted road blocks around our offices in Abuja and Kano while copies were confiscated from newspaper vendors in other parts of the country.

According to a statement by the statement of the organisation, the military authority is yet to give any reason for its action, but it will be recalled that DAILY TRUST had published an exclusive lead story on Wednesday on the sharing of an Abuja barrack plots to Army generals and their spouses for personal use.

The report listed the beneficiaries of the plots as serving and retired military officers, including Rear Admiral Ola Sa'ad, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Umar and Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, among others.

The report, which also contained the reactions of relevant Army authorities and officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is yet to be refuted. yet.

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