Al-Jazeera Television Network on Sunday, April 5, 2015 confirmed the release of two of its staff – Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha – who were detained in their hotel rooms on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 for loitering close to an area where Nigerian troops were carrying out counter-insurgency operations in Borno State.
Al-Jazeera had begun legal proceedings against the Nigerian Army over what it termed a violation of the fundamental rights of the journalists.
Confirming the release, the Senior Public Relations Officer for Al Jazeera, Hasan Patel debunked claims by the Nigerian military, stating that the duo had been duly accredited to cover the region.
Patel further expressed satisfaction that both journalists have been released, thanking everyone who made their release possible.
He said: “We’re pleased for Ahmed and Ali that their ordeal is over.
“They’re looking forward to spending some time with their families and loved ones. I know that both of them want to thank everyone that helped secure their release, including NGOs, politicians and fellow journalists.”