Nigeria arrests ex-minister over critical articles

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Posted: Jul 03, 2011 9:16 AM
Nigeria arrests ex-minister over critical articles

Nigeria's intelligence service says they arrested an ex-minister over articles criticizing the government of Africa's most populous nation.

Spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said Sunday that former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nasir El-Rufai was released Saturday evening after hours of questioning in the capital city of Abuja. She says he has not been charged.

Ogar says El-Rufai, now an opposition politician, was arrested Saturday morning for writing newspaper articles that were "inciting, inflammatory and grossly misleading."

His arrest follows that of Nigerian-American columnist and academic Okey Ndibe, who was arrested at a Nigerian airport in January. He was questioned for several hours before being released without charge.