The Federal Government in Nigeria has continued to clampdown on the media, particularly the print media in the country despite denials by the military authorities, by disallowing circulation of newspapers in the Federal Capital Territory ,FCT,and other parts of the country.
As early as 2am on Saturday, armed soldiers reportedly stormed newspaper distribution center at Garki Area 1, Abuja in the FCT and marched out newspaper marketers, distributors and vendors.
They also reportedly prevented the marketers from offloading newspapers from the distribution vans which brought the papers from the head offices to the center.
The soldiers were said to have searched the marketers and vendors before allowing them to enter into their center.
They reportedly also threatened to deal with the circulation staff of the newspaper establishments who had called to intervene, warning that if they failed to leave the area they would be severely dealt with.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Union of Journalists,NUJ has expressed concern over the seizure of Daily Trust, THE Guardian, Leadership and The Nation newspapers by security agents.
The National President of NUJ, Mallam Mohammed Garba while addressing a news conference on the incident in Abuja noted that the media was an important stakeholder in the on going campaign against insurgency in the country.
He wondered why the media would now be subjected to attack by the security agents in the country.
The NUJ President described the presentation by the Director, Defense Information, Major General Chris Olukolade on the action of the military as unjustifiable.
He said that the media should be allowed to carry out its responsibility to the society without intimidation from any quarter.
Mallam Garba appealed to the military to re-evolve better ways to address any threatening report or pieces of information rather than confiscating entire publication of media organizations.
He assured that the media remained committed to the unity, stability and progress of the country.