Military on Duty
 The Nigerian Army has explained that the reasons why it invaded the  Daily Trust newspaper offices in Abuja and Maiduguri were because the media house revealed
certain classified military information on the war against terrorism in the North East.
The Army, in a statement, by its spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman said the action of the media organisation, contained in its lead story of the Sunday Trust publication, undermined national security.
In the statement captioned: ”Clarification on the invitation of Media Trust Staff by the security agencies”, the Nigerian Army insisted that “it moved against the media house because, in the story, the newspaper disclosed details of planned military operations against the Boko Haram terrorists.”
However, outrage had greeted the military’s arrest of Daily Trust journalists, closure of Abuja, Maiduguri offices. The Army in the statement reads: ”The Nigerian Army wishes to clarify on the alleged invasion of Media Trust Headquarters in Abuja and regional
office in Maiduguri.

“We would like to state that soldiers of the Nigerian Army along with elements of 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’s
publication, which divulged classified military information, thus undermining national security”.
“The  statement further disclosed that the newspaper made disclosed details of planned military operations against the Boko Haram terrorists.
“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. It afforded the Boko Haram terrorists prior notice of our plans and giving them an early warning to prepare against
the Nigerian military, thus sabotaging the planned operations and putting the lives of troops in imminent and clear danger.
“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, advise 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.
The Army Spokesperson also advised journalists to engage in responsible journalism such that it would not jeopardise national security.
“We, however, wish to enjoin further that they should eschew jeopardizing national security in their reportage. We would not tolerate a situation where a publication would consistently side with terrorists and undermine our National institutions.
Chief of Army Staff T Y Buratai
“We wish to appeal to all, especially the media, to join hands with the Nigerian military and security forces to end terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. 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“
Meanwhile, the federal government embarrassed by the military action has ordered the immediate withdrawal of soldiers from the media offices. A terse statement from Shehu Garba, the Presidential spokesman said the order has already been complied with.