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Defense dissuades journalists from "loitering" in north east

25 March 2015, 20:03

Abuja - The Military has cautioned journalists from loitering around areas where military operations were ongoing in the North East parts of Nigeria.  

The warning follows the restraining of two international journalists in the area.

They were identified as Ahmed Idris and Mustafa Andy, working for Aljazeera Television found loitering  This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the Defense Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the military, the journalists, were noted to have been moving around various locations including restricted areas in Yobe and Borno State were also operating  without any protection, accreditation or due clearance.

The Defense added that military intelligence operatives monitored the reporters until they eventually had to be restrained to their hotel in Maiduguri.  

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The Defense Headquarters said the journalists were restrained due to the increasing suspicion that their activities were aimed at interfering with the ongoing military operations in the area.

“The motive, activities and some material in possession of these individuals are now being investigated.”

The Defense Headquarters recalled that foreign journalists had earlier been cautioned against unauthorised and unprotected movements around the military operations area.

It reiterated the warning until it is formally reversed.

The military authority said appropriate arrangements continue to be made to assist duly cleared journalists to cover activities in the mission area within the limits of adequate safety, security and necessary procedures.

- CAJ News


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