Nigerian Journalist, Tim Elombah, Released After 25 Days Incarceration

Nigerian Journalist, Tim Elombah, Released After 25 Days Incarceration

By Aaron Abraham | Staff Reporter on January 27, 2018
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The Elombahs have confirmed the release of their son, Timothy Elombah, editor of Elombah.com, an online platform, from police custody. He was released on Friday January 26, 2018.

The release is coming 25 days after he was arrested along with his brother Daniel Elombah, publisher of the online platform on January 1, 2018 and six other adult males at their Anambra residence.

They were reportedly arrested on the orders of Ibrahim Idris, inspector general of police (IGP), for allegedly publishing an  “offensive” and “defamatory” article.

The Family reacting to the release. said the police have still not disclosed the reason for the arrest.

The statement reads; “The management and staff of Elombah.com, on Thursday thanked friends and family, the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), Lawyers, Journalists, local and international Non governmental organisations, NGOs , National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) , the British government, and numerous individuals for their steadfastness and unwavering support during the unlawful detention of Tim Elombah, the editor of Elombah. Com.,” the statement read.

The editor of Elombah.com, Tim Elombah
The editor of Elombah.com, Tim Elombah paraded by Nigerian Police in handcuffs for publishing an opinion piece critical of the Nigerian Police Inspector General, Idris Ibrahim | Police Handout

“Tim and his brothers were arrested in the wee hours of January 1, 2018, by men and officers of the special anti-robbery squad, SARS, and the Special Tactical Squad, STS, of the Nigeria police.

“The Publishers of the online newspaper in a statement issued after the release of Tim Elombah via an order of an FCT Abuja high court said, although the Police are yet to state under what charges the Elombah brothers were arrested and detained, they trust the judiciary will address whatever injustices suffered by the innocent citizens.

“We also hope that the publisher, Daniel Elombah will be able to travel back to his base in the United Kingdom immediately to rejoin his family.

“Freedom of speech and expression is an inalienable right of every person and Nigerians should stand firm against any flagrant abuse of these fundamental rights without excuses.”

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