Journalist arrested by Nigerian army in Maiduguri, finally released

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A Daily Trust Newspaper journalist, Omirin Olatunji, has reportedly regained his freedom just hours after he arrested by Nigerian Army officers in Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to Channels Television, Olatunji was picked up at about 4:40pm on Thursday while hanging out with colleagues at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) along Lagos Street in Maiduguri by two plain cloth army personnel and a soldier in camouflage carrying an assault rifle – AK 47.

The reporter was handcuffed in the presence of other journalists and dragged into a waiting car without offering explanations after which the vehicle zoomed off.

Following the reporter’s release, the NUJ condemned Olatunji’s arrest in a statement, saying the military’s action was detrimental to the operation of free democracy.