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2 Al Jazeera journalists covering elections detained

The duo, Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa, who are both Nigerians are reportedly being detained in their hotel room by government officials

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Al Jazeera reports that 2 of it's journalists who are supposed to be covering tomorrow's presidential elections have been detained in Maiduguri.

The duo, Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa, who are both Nigerians are reportedly being detained in their hotel room by government officials while their equipment was confiscated after being questioned by the military officials on Tuesday.

The Nigerian military has reportedly said the journalists were operating without  "protection, accreditation or due clearance", and confirmed that the two journalists remain officially detained until further notice.

It also said that both men were said to be 'loitering' in various locations, however they were actually detained in their hotel rooms.

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Idris and Mustafa were detained while reporting on the Nigerian forces fighting Islamist militant group, Boko Haram as part of Al Jazeera's special coverage on the upcoming elections.

The news network has since demanded the release of 2 of its journalists "without conditions", saying the pair were officially accredited by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja with the clearance to report from anywhere in the country during the entire election period.

Their detainment has  drawn condemnation from the Committee to Protect Journalists with the group'sWest Africa representative, Peter Nkanga calling for the release of the journalists.

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