The Al –Jazeera network has reported that two of its reporters Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa were detained in Maiduguri by the military.
The journalists are said to be in Maiduguri to cover the presidential election coming up on Saturday. The military said the journalists were operating without ‘protection, accreditation or due clearance’ and confirmed that the two journalists remain officially detained until further notice.
Al-Jazeera said the two journalists were detained while reporting on the Nigerian forces fighting the terrorist group Boko Haram as part of Al –Jazeera special coverage on the upcoming election.
Al-Jazeera said that the two journalists, Idris and Mustafa were officially accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Abuja with the clearance to report from anywhere in Nigeria during the entire election period.
According to Al-Jazeera’ we call on the Nigeria authorities to release Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa they have all the relevant paper work to report on the Nigerian elections and stories related to the election.’ A source that asked for anonymity said the two reporters have consistently underplayed the successes of the Nigerian military in the fight against the terrorists. The military however said both journalists were loitering. They are detained in their hotel rooms. They are both Nigerians.
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