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RevolutionNow: Police arrest journalist, others in Cross River over protest

Police have arrested Cross River State correspondent for The Nation Newspapers, Nicholas Kalu and some people suspected of being members of the African Action Congress (AAC).

The journalist and the others were arrested Monday at the RevolutionNow protest site in the cultural center of Calabar, the capital of the state of Cross River.

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GISTOK that, apart from the journalist, journalists with an online media, “CrossRiverWatch,” suspected of being members of AAC, Jonathan Ugbal and Jeremiah Archibong, were also arrested.

The reason for the journalist’s arrest was not immediately known since it was learned that he was in place to cover the protest. When members of the correspondents’ chapel made a phone call to the arrested journalist, his telephone line was not working.

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The Public Relations Officer of the State Police, DSP Irene Ugbo, said he was not aware of the journalist’s arrest, but said he would be released if he was arrested. “I don’t know the situation, I’m not in the office, but if he were arrested, he would be released,” he said.

Reacting, the president of the Nigeria Journalists’ Union, Cross River State Council, Comrade Victor Udu lamented the action of security personnel, stating that the journalist was there to cover the protest, not as a member of AAC.

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“I condemn the act, the journalist is only doing his job, he did not go there with any weapon, he went there with his scorer and his pen,” he said and asked for his immediate and unconditional release.

Meanwhile, there was tension in the state when police and other security agencies embarked on a demonstration of movement of force in a long transport with security personnel and armored tanks patrolling the streets.