Soldiers Confiscates Newspapers With Biafra Reports In Abia

By KayCee March 15, 2016 21:43
Soldiers have reportedly seized newspapers containing reports on the pro-Biafra agitation from vendors in Aba, Abia state.
According to a report on The Nation, the newspapers were both unsold and new editions of New Republic, Vesym, Freedom Journal and The Authority.
The soldiers believed to have come from 144 Battalion, which is under Ohafia 14 Brigade, raided St. Michael’s Road at about 7am in two Hilux vans and confiscated the papers bearing Biafra reports.
One of the sellers 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.”
A publisher, who asked not to be named, criticised the action of the soldiers.
He said they were overstepping their bounds and pledged that “attempts by the military to gag the press will fail. We are publishing reports about Biafra like other national dailies do. Let them close down all the media houses because they are carrying Biafra stories, after all, we are not the only ones publishing stories on Biafra.”



By KayCee March 15, 2016 21:43