The detained Maiduguri Bureau Chief of Daily Trust, Uthman Abubakar has been released by Military authorities, after being detained for almost three days
Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan-Ali, announced the release after speaking to the released editor who was brought back to the Maiduguri office by an unnamed Major, who handed him over to a security officer at the office. Uthman who maintained that he was courteously treated, however, said his mobile phones and laptop were still with military authorities on the grounds that they needed time to finish forensic checks on the equipment. Earlier, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Borno Council, had kicked against the continued detention of the editor, who was accused of leaking a story on a planned Military onslaught in Baga Town, being occupied by Boko Haran terrorists.
Recalled that Nigeria’s Military personnel invaded Daily Trust Regional Office in Maiduguri, over the weekend, arrested Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab, but Sawab was later released, leaving Abubakar in detention, until he was released yesterday. Although, members of NUJ and executive members of various state chapters, including correspondents, On Monday visited the office of the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluye, with a view to resolving the issue that led to the arrest of Uthman Abubakar he stated categorically that he did not have the power to release him, until some pertinent issues were resolved at the national level. Secretary of NUJ in the state, Mohammed Ibrahim in a statement said : “The NUJ, Borno Chapter, having exhausted all diplomatic avenues to secure the release of Daily Trust Newspaper Bureau, Chief Uthman Abubakar, strongly condemns his continued detention by the military.”