Military Frees Detained Nigerian Journalist

Nigeria’s military has released an editor of the respected Daily Trust newspaper after detaining him on Sunday over an article about a planned offensive to recapture territory lost to militant Islamists in the north-east in recent weeks.

Uthman Abubakar had been treated “courteously” during his detention, but his mobile phones and laptop were still with the military, Daily Trust editor-in-chief Mannir Dan-Ali said in a statement.

“They told him that they needed time to finish the forensic checks they are carrying out on the equipment,” Dan-Ali added.