The police in Cross River State on Monday arrested the correspondent of The Nation newspaper in the state, Nicholas Kalu.
Kalu was picked up in Calabar while covering the nationwide ‘RevolutionNow’ protest along with two other protesters who was also allegedly whisked away from the Cultural Centre muster point opposite the Etim Edem Motor Park to the state Police Command Headquarters at Diamond Hill in Calabar.
There was heavy security presence in Calabar, the state capital ahead of the planned protest. Armoured Personnel Carriers were stationed at strategic locations to foil the protest.
As of the time of this report, it was gathered that efforts were being made by lawyers to bail Kalu as efforts to reach him through several phone calls proved futile.
The Chairman of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr Victor Udu, condemned Kalu’s arrest totally. He said the journalist was just doing his job. He did not go there with any weapon but only with his jotter and pen. Hence called for his immediate, unconditional release.
When contacted, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said he has not been available and promised to get back to the correspondent.