LAGOS, Nigeria — Security forces held Los Angeles Times correspondent Charles T. Powers overnight at the Lagos airport without explanation last weekend, then released him the next day.
Powers said that after he arrived Saturday night from Nairobi, Kenya, agents from the National Security Organization seized his passport and held him in their airport offices before taking him to security headquarters the next morning.
He said they refused to offer an explanation for his detention and would not let him call the U.S. Embassy. The agents searched Powers and his belongings.
Before releasing him Sunday morning, they took his passport, portable computer and files, he said. Powers said he was told to report back to security headquarters Monday morning and then was escorted to a Lagos hotel.