Soldiers of the 144 Battalion, Asa, Ukwa West local council, Abia State, have on Tuesday invaded a newspaper office along St. Michael’s Road, Aba and seized copies from vendors.
It was gathered that the confiscated Newspapers were both unsold and new editions of New Republic, Vesym, Freedom Journal and The Authority.
The troops landed the vicinity which serves as the hub of newspaper business in Aba, in two Hilux vans around 7am, and then packed the unsold and current editions of the said papers into their vans and left the place and vowed to arrest the publishers of the various newspapers.
A seller said: “At about some minutes past seven, soldiers in two Hilux vans arrived with one of the vendors that they picked along Mosque, asking him to point at the person who gave him the paper. But the vendor could not, because the person who gave him the paper had gone.
“They asked to know the publishers or suppliers but got no response. Then they confiscated New Republic, Vesym, Freedom Journal and some copies of The Authority, which carried Biafra stories.
“We are yet to be told the reason for the confiscation, but the truth is that we have lost money as many readers were disappointed.”
Another witness said the military overstepped their bounds and then vowed that “No amount of efforts by the military to gag the press will work. We are publishing reports about Biafra like other national dailies do. Let the military go and close down all the media houses because they are carrying Biafra stories. After all, we are not the only people publishing stories on Biafra.”