Welcome to NairaPark (NP)

It's possible to achieve your sales target through NairaPark. Learn How »

Don't miss Daily Updates


Keep me posted

Member Login

Lost your password?

NairaPark Statistics

45,100 Members    |    173 Online
Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Not a Member? Sign Up!

 Male  Female  Terms
Nigerian News » Politics


Media advocates condemn arrest of Nigerian journalists

Posted 4 days, 6 hrs ago
Media rights advocates on Thursday criticised the police for the New Year day arrest of Nigerian journalists, describing the development as “traumatic” and “unwarranted.”
Brothers Daniel and Timothy Elombah were arrested in an early morning raid on their country home in Nnewi, Anambra State, by the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The brothers were moved to Abuja a few hours after their arrest on January 1. A third person who was arrested with them was also taken with them to Abuja and they were all detained at the SARS facility in the country’s capital city.
The brothers were arraigned before a magistrate’s court in Abuja and an administrative bail was granted to Daniel Elombah. His brother, Timothy, has, however, remained in custody since then.
The brothers were accused by the police of publishing an opinion piece critical of Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris, an “ignominious” development the advocates said was a direct affront to journalism and press freedom.
The Elombahs have denied publishing the article on their website. They said the police saw the piece on another website and assumed that they were responsible for it without any evidence.
After condemning the conduct of the police as being characteristic of “the men of the underworld,” The Coalition for Press Freedom and Whistleblower Protection (CPFWP), a coalition of media and civil society organisations, said the police should immediately free the journalists and desist from criminalising journalism.
“While the Coalition hopes that the judiciary which has been invited to offer redress against fundamental rights violations by Daniel Elombah would not only weigh in as expected, we call on the appropriate authorities of the federal government and indeed the international community to take note of this ill-advised move by the police to apply state apparatus to matters of a civil nature,” the group said.
Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, told PREMIUM TIMES the Elombah brothers’ arrest should not be blamed on Mr. Idris.
“The law caught up with them, not the Inspector-General,” Mr. Idris said. “The matter has been taken to court and the people should allow justice take its course rather than blaming the Inspector-General who did not create the laws under which the suspects were arrested.”

Bulk SMS Business in Nigeria - Get a Bulk SMS Reseller Plan

Own a Bulk SMS Website that sends bulk sms to DND and NON-DND Numbers Reseller as you become an SMS Gateway Provider. Enjoy Cheap Bulk SMS, Free Domain and Hosting, Branded Apps, Recharge Voucher, Online Payment and lots more. Call/Whatsapp 08160266850.
You might also like:
Governor Ayade signs anti-kidnapping bill into law

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has signed the State’s anti-kidnapping bill into law. The law prescribes death penalty for...

Fulani herdsmen planning to establish Emirs in Igboland, middle Belt – MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB), has alleged that Fulani herdsmen are being used to establish Emirs in...

Nigerians are unwittingly pushing towards another civil war – Gov. Aregbesola

The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed that Nigeria might not be lucky to come out if it falls into another round of civil...

Outsourced Credit Control, Cash Flow, Debt Collection, Track and Trace, Loan Collection


Bulk SMS Widget
Type your message:
Schedule Message
Own an attractive Website along with Free Web Hosting, Domain Registration, Search Engine Submission and unlimited Email Accounts. Start Now »
73 Kobo Bulk SMS Service
Signup on NairaPark NairaPark © 2010 - 2018 - All rights reserved. Signin to NairaPark
NairaPark © 2010 - 2018 - All rights reserved.

[x] Close

Not a Member? Sign Up!

 Male  Female  Terms

Already Registered? Sign In!


Forgot Password? Reset Now!