Reports say the clampdown may be result of a particular newspaper report that about 12 military generals were being court-martialed for aiding Boko haram. The military has since denied the report saying it is not true.
It also says the clampdown on some newspapers is just a mere security routine and not targeted at the content or operation of the affected newspapers. But journalists are not buying that.
On the street of Lagos, you don’t get the sense that the media is being hounded. Where I am now is a news stand and as you can see all the papers are here. With the exception of the Vanguard newspaper that has the bold headline saying “soldiers wage war on newspapers, you don’t really have other newspapers reporting it. And one of the newspapers that has been reportedly targeted is Leadership newspaper but then the paper is here on this news stand.
But reports indicate the clampdown is worse in some parts of the country. Meanwhile with fifty days now gone without any trace of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, the United kingdom has now called a ministerial meeting for June to discuss new strategies to combat the sect.
The meeting comes after a similar one in Paris last month. CCTV’s Deji Badmus reports.