Two residents of Maiduguri area where Daily Trust’s office is located in Borno state have narrated how Nigerian security agents led by armed soldiers arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab.
One of the witnesses said it was the DSS who initially stormed the Daily Trust office in two vehicles and asked the security guards the whereabouts of the reporters.
He said they were told that no one was around. The DSS operatives then left only to return as a combined team of DSS, Army and Civil Defence officers in some vehicles, he added.
He further noted that they asked of the reporters again but when they were told no one was in the office, they got angry, seized the phones of two security guards and got access to the office.
Another witness stated that they met the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar, and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab, in the office.
“They seized their phones and laptops and thereafter arrested them and took them away. They also locked the main gate of the office.
“Minutes later, some policemen in two vans went to the office also. They are there presently,” he said.