Nigeria: Secret Police Criticized for Detaining Journalists

Members of Nigeria’s State Security Service canvas an area. (Google Images)

The Associated Press is reporting that Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission has criticized the nation’s secret police for detaining two journalists for days without charges. The news brief states:

Chidi Odinkalu, chairman of Nigeria’s Human Rights Commission issued a statement on Saturday statinghe detention of Musa Mohammed Awwal and Aliyu Saleh, journalists with the weekly Hausa language newspaper Al-Mizan, did “not pass constitutional muster.” Odinkalu called on the secretive State Security Service to allow commission staff to have access to the men, as they’ve been denied opportunities to meet with the lawyer or receive medical attention.

The two journalists were arrested at their homes in Kaduna and are being held because of their coverage of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and alleged military abuses.

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