LAGOS, Nigeria – A media watchdog group says the Nigerian government confiscated or destroyed copies of at least four major newspapers.
The Committee to Protect Journalists' Africa coordinator Sue Valentine said Friday that denying Nigerians access to news and information "sows the seeds of rumors and distrust."
The Punch newspaper accuses the military of disrupting distribution of copies Saturday. The newspaper says soldiers stormed its distribution center in Abuja, the capital, and expelled marketers, distributors and vendors.
CPJ says Nigeria's Leadership, Vanguard and The Nation newspapers were also affected Friday, among others. The Daily Trust says delivery truck drivers were arrested Friday.
Defense headquarters spokesman Chris Olukolade said Friday military received intelligence about "movement of materials with grave security implications" in trucks used by newspapers.