The Awareness can this morning confirm that detained Maiduguri Bureau Chief of Daily Trust, Uthman Abubakar, has been released by the military authorities
This is according to a statement by the Editor-in-Chief of Daily Trust, Mannir Dan-Ali, who said on n Tuesday shortly after speaking to Uthman Abubakar, who had been in detention since Sunday.
According to Dan-Ali, Abubakar was brought back to the Maiduguri office of the newspaper by an unnamed major who handed him over to a security officer at the office.
The statement read partially: “Abubakar said he was courteously treated, but stated that his mobile phones and laptop were still with the military. They told him that they needed time to finish the forensic checks they are carrying out on the equipment.”
The editor-in-chief said that computers and laptops taken from the Abuja head office had similarly not been returned, adding that senior government officials had continued to say that the items would be released shortly.
Abubakar was released two days after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to end its siege to the office of the Daily Trust Newspaper.
The military had on Sunday laid siege to the offices of Daily Trust in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, and Maiduguri on the allegation that the newspaper published a report that jeopardised its operation in the North-East. The controversial report was about a plan by the military to attack and liberate Baga.