#RevolutionNow protest: Police arrest journalist in Calabar

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The correspondent of The Nation Newspaper in Calabar, Mr Nicholas Kalu, was on Monday arrested at the Cultural Center, Calabar, venue of the #RevolutionNow protest in the state.

Kalu was arrested with some members of the African Action Congress (AAC) and taken to the State Police Command Headquarters at Diamond Hill in Calabar.

Speaking on the arrest, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Mr Victor Udu, condemned the arrest and called for the immediate release of the journalist.

“I condemn the act totally, the journalist was just doing his job, he did not go there with any weapon; we call for his immediate and unconditional release,” Udu said.

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Similarly, a human right lawyer, James Ibor, said the arrest of the journalist was regrettable and uncalled for.

“The arrest of a journalist who went to scout for information to brief the public is condemnable and it is a way of ensuring that not just the public is gagged, but the press also,” Ibor said.

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Austin Agbonlahor, said that all the people arrested in relation to the protest were in police custody.

He said they would undergo interrogations to reveal who is a journalist and who is not.

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