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The Nigerian Army on Monday has thrown light on why they invaded the offices of popular newspaper company Daily Trust located in Maiduguri, Abuja, Lagos and Kaduna
Brigadier general Sani Usman who is the spokesperson of the Army said in a statement: “Soldiers of the Nigerian Army along with elements of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies were indeed at Abuja and Maiduguri offices of the publishing company to invite the staff of the company over its lead story on Sunday Trust publication.”
Mr Usman said they were asked how they got classified military information, that may undermine national security.
“The disclosure of classified security information amounts to a breach of national security and run contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Official Secrets Act,”
He also said the story alerted the Boko Haram sect of prior notice of the Army’s plans so that they could prepare against the Nigerian military.
Mr Usman added that the publication put the lives of the troops in danger as the Boko Haram sect may strike since they have the Army information
He continued: “We would like to state that the invitation of those responsible for divulging military plans was done with the best of intention in order to make them realise the import of such acts to our national security.
“We, therefore, advice all, particularly journalists, not to worry but engage in their responsive reportage and to be professional as the Nigerian Army has no intention of muzzling the press or jeopardising press freedom.
“We, however, wish to enjoin further that they should eschew jeopardizing national security in their reportage. We would not tolerate the situation where a publication would consistently side with terrorists and undermine our national institutions.”
Mr Usman further appealed to the media, to join hands with the Nigerian military and security forces so as to end terrorism and insurgency in the country.
“We would like to further assure that the invitation is for further investigation and if need be, all those culpable of jeopardising operations security will be prosecuted by the relevant law enforcement agency.”