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Friday, 3 April 2015

Al-jazeera Journalists sue Nigerian military for illegal detention

Two Al-jazeera journalists, Ahmed Idris - a reporter and Ali Mustapha - a camera man, both pictured above, have instituted a lawsuit against the Chief of Army staff, Gen Kenneth Minimah and the Nigerian military for what they term the infringement of their fundamental human rights following their illegal detention by the Nigerian military. They filed the suit in an Abuja high court this morning

Both men are being detained in their hotel in Maiduguri, Borno state where they have been kept since March 24th over allegations of loitering around areas where combat operations was still ongoing.

According to their legal representative, Mr Femi Falana, the journalists are seeking a declaration from the court that their arrest and continued detention by the military is 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.

The suit will also be seeking an order by the court directing the Nigerian military and the Chief of Army staff, Gen Minimah to immediately release the journalists from illegal military custody since loitering or wandering were not recognizable offences by the law.

The suit argues that the journalists were entitled to their liberty, freedom of movement and integrity to human person as guaranteed by Section 34, 35 and 41 of the Nigerian constitution.

No date has been announced for the hearing of the suit. Meanwhile the Defence Headquarters has not yet reacted to reports of the suit.

27 comments:

MADE IN NIGERIA said...

Whatever!!!

Alloy Chikezie said...

Ghen ghen!!!

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Zamani said...

They should look into this matter well and Pls release them if they are truly innocent. I don't know why Ajs staff keep landing in one mess or the other in different countries.


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Davido's driver said...

Let's watch how it unfolds... lindaobserve

7F098C19 said...

Who cares. Engr Emy

Davido's driver said...

Why not just send them away in peace?

Unknown said...

They shud be released by now
the election is over nah

Anonymous said...

Very good! Follow due protocol when doing things. Our reformed Nigeria will be eradicated of lawless infringement of the military this regime is notorious of.

Unknown said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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This people must be really angry i swear..
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

ary said...

Okay

tsalz c.e.o said...

Wen them sef no resemble beter people... Sori oo

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Seen

Goaldyn Boy said...

It is one thing to sue, it is another thing to get the benefit of the suit!These journalists might get judgment against the Nigerian Army, but to execute the judgment is where the problem lies! If for instance the court award Five Million Naira against the Army, this century might even finish and these journalists would not get the money. It is like a goat trying to rescue a yam from a lion. It is an exercise in futility!!!

Unknown said...

Al-jazeera $ their journalists always
getting in on prob or the other.
Its whatever they won't get nothing
from court.

Unknown said...

Al-jazeera $ their journalists always
getting in on prob or the other.
Its whatever they won't get nothing
from court.

Unknown said...

Al-jazeera $ their journalists always
getting in on prob or the other.
Its whatever they won't get nothing
from court.

iz chiks said...

Ah! Mr Ali mustapha that's my lecturer @ national film institute o. The had better release that gentle man b4 dem see fire wey no fit set out. #filmboitin #fbi

Unknown said...

Fine, they were caught in restricted areas...that's what journalists do, they're just curious trying to get exclusive footage, they should be let off with a warning if their credentials check out, or do the military wanna keep them there forever!

Unknown said...

They now have mouth to talk and to the extent of suing abi? They still couldn't do anything about dia staff in Egyptian prison since o! Because it's Nigeria! Mtchew

Unknown said...

They should release them already, at least they have been warned. Linda take note!

Unknown said...

They should release them already, at least they have been warned. Linda take note!

Unknown said...

They should release them already, at least they have been warned. Linda take note!

Unknown said...

They should release them already, at least they have been warned. Linda take note!

I.K said...

Your everywhere..... stamping

Unknown said...

chai nah dm sabi oooo

Unknown said...

Sue Nigeria military ke! Pepper still dey Ina eye, make na go wash am well

Anonymous said...

Exercise in futility for lawyers who don't know their onions. It is the easiest suit. U can enforce it wella. Fola

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