NUJ protests continued detention of Aljazeera journalists

Mallam Garba Muhammed, NUJ President.


Mallam Garba Muhammed, NUJ President.
Mallam Garba Muhammed, NUJ President.

President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Mohammed Garba has said the union is planning a demonstration over the continued detention of two Aljazeera journalists by the military in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Aljazeera journalists Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha have been restricted to their hotel rooms in Maiduguri by the Nigerian military since the 24th of March.

Nigeria Defence headquarters in a statement said the journalists were kept to their hotel rooms for working without appropriate clearance, loitering in counter insurgency operation areas, among other accusations.

NUJ President Garba said “their continued detention is unacceptable to us, it’s condemnable and we are doing everything possible to ensure they are released as soon as possible.

“And if honestly they are not released we have also contacted our legal persons and we are planning a protest because it has breached their fundamental human rights.”

Garba explained that after nine days of detention whatever the military is investigating should have been uncovered.

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