Soldiers Detain Journalists Covering Election

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Some journalists accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cover the March 18, 2023 governorship and the house of assembly elections were detained in a Bakassi community in Cross River State where they were travelling to cover the election, in spite of possessing INEC-issued media tags and travelling in branded vehicles.

One of the detained journalists, Ubong Umoh of Sparkling FM Calabar, said they were detained by armed military men who claimed that they had orders from above to block the road.

He said even after a lengthy explanation, the military men still said they should have left as early as 5 am.