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Nigerian Army releases Al Jazeera journalists, faces law suit

05 April 2015, 18:04

Lagos - The Nigerian Army has released the two Al Jazeera journalists detained in Maiduguri, Premium Times report.

Ahmed Idris (reporter) and Ali Mustapha (cameraman) were released on Saturday after spending ten days in detention in their hotel room in the capital of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Also read: Al Jazeera demands the release of their two Nigerian journalists

They were to cover the 2015 presidential election of March 28 in the troubled area but were detained for “loitering around restricted areas in Yobe and Borno states without protection, accreditation or clearance.”

Al Jazeera has confirmed that its two journalists held by the Nigerian military since 24 March 2015 have been released.

Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha were allowed to leave the Maiduguri hotel where they were detained, and they have now completed the journey back to Al Jazeera’s bureau in Abuja.

Salah Negm, director of news for Al Jazeera English, said: “We’re pleased for Ahmed and Ali that their ordeal is over. They’re looking forward to spending some time with their families and loved ones. I know that both of them want to thank everyone that helped secure their release, including NGOs, politicians and fellow journalists.”

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