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Nigerian newspaper accuses military of harassment

June 6, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A leading Nigerian newspaper accuses the military of confiscating its editions and arresting delivery truck drivers after it published a report critical of high-ranking military officials.

Publishing company Media Trust Ltd. says the military set up roadblocks Friday around the Daily Trust’s offices in Abuja, the capital, and the northern city of Kano.

The emailed statement says the paper “had published an exclusive lead story Wednesday on the sharing of an Abuja barrack plots to Army generals and their spouses for personal use.”

The military denied it harassed any newspaper.

Defense headquarters spokesman Chris Olukolade said in an email that soldiers searched vehicles after receiving intelligence about “movement of materials with grave security implications across the country using the channel of newsprint related consignments.”

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