Nigerian Army confirms they invaded NUJ office, damaged devices of journalists taking pictures of them in Abia


The Nigerian Army on Tuesday confirmed that they invaded the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Aba Road, Umuahia, and destroyed their recording devices because they were taking their pictures.


The military however kept mum on the alleged invasion of the house of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Journalists at the NUJ secretariat had reported that the soldiers claimed they saw somebody taking photographs of them from the building.

The Chairman of Council Mr. John Emejor who expressed disappointment over the incidents said a National officer of the Union Ezeogo Bonny Okoro was slapped by one of the soldiers.

He said: “Our press centre was invaded by soldiers, two Journalists lost their IPads and phones, while a national leader in the office was attacked.

“Our stand is that those involved in this attack on innocent Journalists should be fished out and punished in line with the constitution of the Country.”

Reacting to the report, the army in a statement by Major Oyegoke Badamosi, said: "What happened was that while the soldiers on patrol near the Abia State NUJ Secretariat, they noticed some people filming them. Unfortunately, they seized and damaged their recording devices; an iPad and 2 mobile phones.


Mr. Badamosi noted that “while it was true there was an issue between some soldiers on routine patrol, the magnitude is not as was reported.”

The full statement reads: 

The attention of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to social media publications alleging that troops on patrol in Umuahia town have invaded the NUJ Press Centre in Umuahia at about 10.00am today.

While it was true there was an issue between some soldiers on routine patrol, the magnitude is not as was reported. What happened was that while the soldiers on patrol near the Abia State NUJ Secretariat, they noticed some people filming them. Unfortunately, they seized and damaged their recording devices; an iPad and 2 mobile phones. Preliminary investigation shows that the items belongs to journalists on their legitimate duties. Consequently, the Commander 14 Brigade and Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division waded into the matter which has since been resolved amicably.

In addition, the soldiers involved will face disciplinary action.

The public are please requested to eschew rumour mongering and go about their lawful business.

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