By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Police in Calabar this morning arrested three journalists while on duty to cover the planned #RevolutionNow Protest in Cross River state. They were arrested by the anti-kidnapping and cultism unit of the Police.
The State correspondent of the Nation Newspaper, Nicolas Kalu, News Editor of CrossRiverWatch, Jonathan Ugbal and Managing Editor of CrossRiverWatch, Jeremiah Archibong, were all arrested at the cultural center convergence point for the March which eventually did not hold.
According to an eye witness who saw the arrest, “when Jonathan arrived with another colleague, the police immediately grabbed him and took him away. When Jeremiah got wind, he went there to ask what was going on and he was also detained by the policemen as well as Nicolas who also came later.”
After being released initially on bail by the anti-cultism unit, the Cross River state CP then requested to see the trio. On getting to the CP’s office, their statements were taken around midday and they were kept waiting till midnight.
Curiously, the correspondent for the Nation newspaper was released by midnight while the two CrossRiverWatch Editors were left behind with the Police for undisclosed reasons.
The Police haven’t given any reason for their arrest but there are indications that Jonathan and Jeremiah will be arraigned in court tomorrow morning on yet to be named charges.
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