Detained Al Jazeera journalists sue Army

Detained journalists of international television channel Al Jazeera, Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha, have sued the Nigerian Army, pressing for their fundamental human rights.

They were arrested on March 24 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The Defence Headquarters later said they were arrested for loitering, having been moving around “restricted areas” in Yobe and Borno states without protection, accreditation or clearance.

Their lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) is seeking a declaration that the arrest and their continued detention were illegal and unconstitutional, thereby violating their right to personal liberty guaranteed by Section 34, 35 and 41 of the constitution and Article 5, 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right Act.

They also sought an order directing the military and Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah to release them from military custody.

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