20/12/2010 News / Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria, RLA 2010) detained and later released

Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria, RLA 2010) detained and later released

On December 19th, Nnimmo Bassey and Environmental Rights Action (ERA) staff were on official assignment to a gas flare facility in the company of foreign parliamentarians when they were accosted and subsequently detained by men of the Joint Military Task Force at Oben, a border town between Delta and Edo State, on the allegation that they were on a clandestine mission.

The group was released after a couple of hours. ERA Program Director Godwin Ojo demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.