Nigerian military says it embarked on thorough search of vehicles conveying newspapers and newsprints across board. The action followed intelligence report indicating movement of materials with grave security implications across the country using the channel of newsprint related consignments.
The Military had earlier today confiscated Leadership Newspapers, Punch Newspapers and the Nation newspapers, doing away with the hard copies of the National dailies according to reports.
The Defence Headquarters, in a statement issued by Major General Chris Olukolade, noted that the exercise has nothing to do with content or operation of the media organizations or their personnel as is being wrongly imputed by a section of the press.
“The military appreciates and indeed respects the role of the media as an indispensable partner in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation and the overall advancement of our country’s democratic credentials. As such, the military will not deliberately and without cause, infringe on the freedom of the press.”
It says the affected media organizations in particular are assured that the exercise was a routine security action and should not be misconstrued for any other motive.