Nigeria’s army on Sunday raided the country’s Daily Trust newspaper and arrested two of its journalists following the publication of an article about the military’s fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the newspaper reports.
The Daily Trust published photographs on its website of armed soldiers raiding its head office in the capital, Abuja. It said the military had shut down its office in the northeastern city of Maiduguri after arresting a regional editor and reporter.
Reuters reports the Nigerian military to have confirmed arresting the journalists, adding that the newspaper’s article had “divulged classified military information, thus undermining national security”.
Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said via his official Twitter handle that the army had been ordered to leave the newspaper’s premises, hinting at dialogue to solve the issue.
“The Federal Government has directed the military to vacate the premises of @daily_trust and the order has been complied with,” Shehu said.
“Issues between the military and the newspaper as they affect the coverage of the war in the Northeast will be resolved through dialogue,” he added.
Boko Haram has waged a decade-long war in Nigeria, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions others.
Crushing the militant group was an agenda in President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge during his campaigns for his first term in 2015.
While gains have been made in that quest, the militants continue to launch attacks periodically.