On August 31, 2008, a US freelance journalist and filmmaker Andrew Berends and his Nigerian interpreter, Samuel George were arrested at the Nembe waterfront in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital in the Niger-delta region by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) codenamed “Operation Flush Out III”, the team joint Nigerian military personnel patrolling the Niger-delta region to, among other things, forestall kidnapping, oil pipeline vandalisation and oil bunkering. Berends was accused of spying and his equipment, including telephones and film were confiscated.


Report Details

Report Type: Arrest
Location: Rivers
Victim: Andrew Berends and Samuel George
Affiliation: US Journalist, Interpreter Arrested in Port Harcourt
Assailant: Joint Task Force (JTF) codenamed “Operation Flush Out III”,