Nigeria‘s security forces have raided the offices of the country’s Daily Trust newspaper and arrested two of its journalists over the paper’s coverage of the armed group, Boko Haram.

A team of secret police, soldiers and civil defence paramilitary stormed the newspaper’s office in the northern city of Maiduguri, detaining its northeast regional editor Uthman Abubakar and reporter Ibrahim Sawab, the newspaper said on Sunday.

“The raid was in response to our cover story today on the military preparation to retake the town of Baga which was captured by Boko Haram last week,” one source at the paper told the AFP news agency.

“They came looking for our reporter Hamza Idris, who anchored the story, but arrested the two reporters when they didn’t find him,” another source said.

Armed police sealed the office after the team of security forces seized the journalists’ laptops and mobile phones.

More than two dozen armed soldiers also raided the Daily Trust head office in Abuja on Sunday evening, sources at the newspaper told AFP


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