Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha, two Aljazeera journalists held by the Nigerian military in Borno state have been released. The men were arrested from their home rooms over a week ago and detained by the military which accused them of of “loitering” around areas of military operations in Borno and close cousin, Yobe states.
Few days after, the men, through their lawyer, Femi Falana, sued the Nigerian Army for illegal detention. Falana prayed the court to declare their arrest and detention illegal and unconstitutional and a violation of their right to personal liberty, as 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 case still subsists, but the men regained freedom Saturday, ten days after they were held.