Police release journalist arrested for reporting diversion of relief items

Benue State Police Command has released a reporter of the News Agency of Nigeria Mr Emmanuel Antswen, arrested over a story on the protest at the Internally Displaced Persons camp at the International Market, Makurdi.

What happened:

  • IDPs in the camp had protested the alleged diversion of relief items.
  • They had blocked the main entrance into the camp to stop vehicles loaded with the assorted relief materials, from driving out.
  • The IDPs said it was not the first time officials were loading materials from the warehouse.
  • Atswen was later arrested for reporting the story.

What is happening:

The police released Antswen on Saturday at about 11 am after spending one night in the open cell at the state Criminal Investigation Department.

The chairman of the Benue State Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Kris Atsaka, signed the bail papers for the release of Antswen.

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