Armed soldiers from 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Thursday, stormed the Maiduguri Northeast regional office of Media Trust, publishers of Daily Trust Newspaper.
DailyPost gathered that two of the paper’s managers were quizzed on a story it published on alleged mutiny by troops of the division earlier in the week.
The story which unsettled Army authorities, was widely re-published by other media houses.
About eight soldiers led by the newly deployed spokesman of the 7 Division, Colonel Sani Usman, stormed the office located along Baga Road at about 12 noon yesterday, requesting for the author of the story.
They questioned the Regional Operations Manager, Jamilu Aliyu and the outgoing Operational Manager, Aminu Ado, on the orders of the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the division, Brigadier General M.Y Ibrahim.
The duo was however released after interrogation.
Both Aliyu and Ado said the staff were allegedly threatened and repeatedly cautioned to stop unnecessary criticism of the military in their reports.
A letter signed by the division Spokesman, Col. Usman, and dropped at the office, warned Daily Trust to retract the story, saying “failure to do so would henceforth attract sanctions.”
“It is also noted that over time your paper has been unnecessarily critical of the military without cross-checking your facts with the formation.”