OrderPaperToday – The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos has condemned in strongest terms, the forceful closure of Daily Trust Newspapers’ offices in Abuja and Maiduguri by military personnel on Sunday January 6, 2019.
A statement by the IPC said a “senior editorial staff of the organisation confirmed the military onslaught on the media establishment stating that staff had been ordered out of the premises, laptops and computers seized and operations halted. No reason, he said, was given for the action.”
It would be recalled that Daily Trust Newspapers reported that its offices in Maiduguri, Abuja and Lagos were besieged and ransacked by soldiers on Sunday.
According to the statement signed by the Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, the development is “a fresh threat to freedom of the press as well as the freedom and individual liberties of journalists and other media professionals working in Daily Trust.
“The action of the military is also a threat to democracy with the presidential elections, less than two months away. The military is bound by the laws of the land and cannot in any circumstance be allowed to resort to extra judicial measures no matter its grievances.”
However, the presidency reportedly ordered the military to vacate the premises of the newspaper as made known through Garba Shehu, the Special Assistant to Mr. President on media and publicity on his Twitter handle.