The Nigerian Army says its personnel with elements of the police and other security agencies were at Abuja and Maiduguri offices of Media Trust to invite staff of the company over its lead story of yesterday’s publication, which divulged classified military Information.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman disclosed this in a press statement made available to newsmen.
Brigadier General Sani Usman explained that the newspaper disclosed planned military operations against Boko Haram terrorists, which amounts to a breach of national security and run contrary to sections One and Two of the official secrets act.
He maintained that the publication afforded the terrorists, prior notice of the Army’s plans and giving them early warning to prepare against the military, thus sabotaging the planned operations and putting the lives of troops in imminent and clear danger.
The statement stressed that the invitation of those responsible for divulging military plans was done with the best of intention in order to make them realise the import of such acts to national security, and advised journalists to engage in responsive reportage and be professional as the Army has no intention of muzzling press freedom.
It warned that it would not tolerate a situation where a publication would consistently side with terrorists and undermine national institutions.
The statement appealed to collaborate with the military and security forces to end terrorism and insurgency in the country, assuring that the invitation is for further investigation, and if need be, all those culpable of jeopardising operations security will be prosecuted by relevant law enforcement agency.