Tuesday, January 23, 2018 11:13 AM /
OPAN and Keyamo Chambers
Abuja High Court on Tuesday ordered immediate release of Tim Elombah an Editor
of Elombah.com who was arrested with his brothers .
Justice Ajoke in her ruling directed Nigerian Police to release Tim Elombah
within 24 hours with a condition of one reasonable surety with N500,000 in like
The court took the decision following a suit on a fundamental Right Application
and N1 billion damages against Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and
It will be recalled that on January 1, 2018, the Inspector-General of
Police, Ibrahim Idris, caused the men and officers of the Federal Special
Anti-Robbery Squad to invade the family compound of our clients in Edoji,
Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State.
Six persons (including our clients) were arrested, handcuffed like common
criminals and driven to the SARS office in Nnewi. They were subsequently taken
to the SARS headquarters in Awkuzu, near Awka. Up till this point, our clients
were not informed of the reason(s) for their arrests.
It was at SARS headquarters in Awkuzu that our clients were handed over to
other armed officers who identified themselves as being from Special Tactical
Squad, S.T.S, a team that works directly in the office of the Inspector-General
of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris. Our clients and one Izuchukwu Elombah were then
taken all the way by road (and in handcuffs) to Abuja.
It was in Abuja that the officers then subjected our clients to hours of
grueling interrogation regarding an article published in another blog called
opinionnigeria.com, titled ‘IGP Ibrahim Idris’s Unending Baggage of
The article in question was not published
by our clients’ blog, Elombah.com, and
our clients denied any link to the author, one Ebiowei Dickson. Daniel and
Izuchukwu Elombah were eventually released on bail, but have been made to
report constantly since then.
However, the Police got a Remand Order to detain Tim for seven days which
expired more than a week ago and the Police are still holding Tim illegally.
Up till now, the Nigerian Police has not
prepared a charge against Daniel and Tim Elombah.
Informed minds are shocked and find
alarming , to say the least, that the Inspector-General of Police deployed the
officers and men of special police squads like SARS and STS, which are
established to fight serious and violent crimes, to settle a purely private
grievance with on-line journalists.
If at all an offence was committed by the
said published article (which is not conceded) a simple civil invitation
to our clients would have sufficed. But to use such strong-arm tactics to reign
in our clients was a gross abuse of his office and an employment of stone-age
tactics in pursuing his personal grievance.
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