The Nigerian Army has admitted to invading the offices of Daily Trust newspapers offices in Maiduguri, Abuja and Lagos.
The army said the action was taken to invite the organisation’s journalists responsible for the publication of a classified military operation plans.
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.
Usman said: “The disclosure of classified security information amounts to a breach of national security and run contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Official Secrets Act.
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 they move computers while the military personnel retrieved the phones of all staff member in the office.