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Nigeria: Military Raids Newspaper, Detains Staff

Expand Nigerian Army officials lay siege at the gate of Daily Trust office in Abuja on January 6, 2019.  © Daily Trust   (Abuja) – Government security forces’ January 6, 2019 raid on the Daily Trust newspaper’s offices and the arrest of staff members, including two journalists, is a disturbing attempt to stifle media freedom in Nigeria. On January 6, 2019, armed soldiers shut down the Daily Trust’s Maiduguri office and arrested its northeast regional bureau chief, Uthman Abubakar, along with a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab. A few hours later, more troops arrived at the newspaper’s Abuja head office,…

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