We Brutalized Journalists Near Kanu’s Home Because They Were Filming Us – Nigerian Army

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The Nigerian Army admitted in a statement on Tuesday that troops brutalized some journalists in Umuahia, Abia state, on Tuesday because they were filming them as they moved to surround the home of secessionist leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The army however denied media reports that troops invaded the office of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Umuahia, Abia state.

“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,” said a statement by Major Oyegoke Badamosi, an Assistant Director Public Relations for the 14th Brigade of the Nigerian Army.

Reports said Nigerian troops surrounded Kanu’s home on Tuesday and as journalists attempted to take pictures of the development, soldiers brutalized them and invaded their office, breaking laptops and ransacking the whole place.

But in the statement below explained what happened.


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 and will face disciplinary action.

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

Simon Ateba

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