Nigerian Military Raids Newspaper, Arrests Journalists and Seizes Computers

The Nigerian military stormed the headquarters and three other offices of one of the nation’s biggest newspapers, the Daily Trust, on Sunday, detaining at least two journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri and seizing computers and phones.

The military released a statement referring to its actions an “invitation” to talk to staff about an article on Sunday claiming it was “undermining national security.”

That Sunday the paper had an editorial criticizing the military for its lack of progress against Boko Haram, in the northeast of the country.

The Daily Trust was one of the newspapers targeted under the previous administration in 2014 after publishing articles critical of the military.



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