Presidency Queries IGP Over Unlawful Detention Of Elombah Brothers

The Presidency has queried the Inspector General of Police IGP, Ibrahim Idris for unlawfully arresting Tim and Dan Elombah on New Year’s Day.

In a letter signed and addressed to Festus Keyamo SAN, the solicitor to the Elombah brothers, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Ade Ipaye assured Keyamo that Osinbajo has asked the IGP to submit his own response to the petition.

In the letter with the identification number, SH/OVP/DCOS/Misc/0022, Ipaye also said that the Vice President is aware of the matter and concerned about the issue.

The Elombah brothers were arrested on Jan 1, 2018 at their family house in Nnewi, Anambra State allegedly for publishing an article that maligned the personality of the IGP.

The article was said to have been published on Elombah.com.

The matter is still in an Abuja High Court.

Here is a copy of Ipaye’s letter

IGP Orders Probe Of ACP Ayilara Over Alleged N10m Bribe

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has summoned an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayilara Olukayode to Abuja for questioning, over allegations of a N10 million bribe on his authority.

The summon follows a protest by a coalition of civil society organisations in Benue state over the bribery allegations.

They alleged that the executive chairman of the Benue State Board Of Internal Revenue was assaulted on Tuesday, by the head of the IGP X-Squad, Mr Olukayode, who was said to have demanded the sum.

The group, therefore, demanded the proscription of the IGP X-Squad, for alleged extortion, kidnapping of tax agents and serial collection of revenue.

Mr Idris, however, promised an unbiased investigation into the matter, assuring both the Benue state government and the coalition of civil society, that the police will address any form of injustice.

Reps Order Police IG To Apologize To Gov Ortom

The House of Representatives has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to apologise to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who was described as a “drowning man” by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood.

The House on Wednesday debated a motion on the killings by herdsmen in Benue State, specifically asking the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to apologise to the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom.

The IGP is being asked to apologise for a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, calling Ortom a “drowning man.”

Moshood made the statement on Channels Television programme, Morning Rise, on Tuesday, February 6.

Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes Receiving ‘Highest Level’ Of Attention – FG

 

The Federal Government says the clashes between farmers and herdsmen have become a major national concern which is determined to holistically address.

 

This is according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, who addressed State House correspondents on Wednesday shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

 

“The government is very very concern about the herdsmen and farmers clashes and they are receiving attention at the highest level,” he said.

 

Mr Mohammed, who briefed reporters in company of the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, as well as the Minister of Works, Power, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, also defended government’s proposal for the establishment of cattle colonies.

 

He further explained why the Federal Government was yet to consider setting up a full-fledged military operation in the affected parts of Benue State.

 

“As to who to send after what, I think that would be a decision after thorough deliberation of the matter,” the minister said.

 

In a bid to prevent further loss of lives and properties, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately move to Benue State.

 

While in the state, the President asked the police boss to restore law and order in the communities affected by the recent herdsmen attacks and to also prevent the crisis from escalating and spreading to other parts of the state.

 

On his arrival in Benue on Wednesday, Mr Idris promised to arrest those behind the incessant killings in the state.

 

He also assured the state governor, Samuel Ortom, and people of the state that the law would definitely take its course on the culprits.

 

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has also deployed Special Forces to Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states amid tensions of attacks on communities in the states.

 

The deployment of the troops was to restore peace in attacked communities and secure vulnerable communities in the states.

 

 

Elombah: UK Solicitors Petition PM Over Police Brutality Against British Citizen

3 UK based solicitors have have petitioned the British MP, Lyn Brown, the PM, Theresa May and the Foreign affairs Minister Boris Johnson over the arrest and continued harrasment of Mr Daniel Elombah, by the Nigerian Police.

This comes as the international Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, warned Nigerian authorities to immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah.

Uk based Solicitors Uche Enekwa, Maurine Oji and VLS Solicitors told British authorities that Security forces arrested the lawyer and journalist at his home in Nnewi, a city in Anambra state, on January 1, 2018.

Timothy Elombah’s brother, Daniel, and their lawyer Obunike Ohaegbu told CPJ that police raided the family home in the early hours, and arrested the journalist, Daniel, and four other men. Police questioned the group separately for several hours and then released everyone except for Timothy Elombah, according to his brother.

Daniel Elombah added that police told them the inspector general ordered their arrest because of what he called a defamatory article published on a news website called Opinion Nigeria.

The December 22 article was critical of Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, according to the Premium Times.

Elombah covers Boko Haram and has reported critically on President Buhari’s son.

Daniel Elombah, who is the website’s chief executive, denied that Elombah had anything to do with the article that police said was the basis for their arrest. He added that police have charged him and Timothy Elombah with cybercrime.

Daniel Elombah, a lawyer based in London, said that police have banned him from travel, which means that he and his family cannot return to their home in the U.K.

Jeff Okoroafor, the founder and publisher of Opinion Nigeria told CPJ that police requested the article be removed, but that he refused. He said no further action was taken. Ebiowei Dickson, who wrote the article, did not immediately respond to CPJ’s email.

“Nigerian authorities should immediately release Timothy Elombah, drop legal proceedings, and allow his brother Daniel to return home,” said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney, in New York. “Police have no business raiding a journalist’s home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press. It’s not even clear that the man they have detained had anything to do with the article they deem defamatory.”

The petition by Uche Enekwa titled- Re: Illegal and Unlawful detention of Mr Daniel Elombah ( a British Citizen) by the Inspector General of Police in Nigeria – reads in part:

My name is Uche Enekwa, a solicitor of Sabeers Stone Greene LLP.

I received a rather distressing whatsapp message from a friend / client Mr Daniel Elombah who is a British Citizen on a visit to Nigeria.

Mr Elombah went to Nigeria with his family over the Christmas period and was scheduled to return to London on or about 2nd January 2018 to enable his children resume school on on or about 3rd January.

Unknown to Mr Elombah, the Nigerian authorities had a different agenda as heavily armed men broke into and entered his family home on or about 5am January 1st 2018 with orders to arrest him and other members of his family for an undisclosed offence.

It later transpired that no offence known to Nigerian Law as currently constituted had been committed by him or any other member of his family but that the the Inspector General of Nigerian police personally ordered their arrest and detention because somebody published a less than flattering assessment of his performance as a police officer in an online media that had no connection either with Mr Elombah or any member of his family.

It is important that the British Government intervenes in this matter to establish why a British Citizen should be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment on account of an offence he did not commit and for an offence which does not exist under the Nigerian law.

The present Nigerian government has degenerated into a dictatorship with rampant arrests and summary executions by Nigerian soldiers and police at the behest of members of Mr Buhari’s government.

As you are aware, another British Citizen, Mr Nnamdi Kanu was brutally attacked by Nigerian soldiers in his home on or about September 14th 2017 and is strongly suspected that the Nigerian army acting under the instructions of president Buhari, summarily executed him together with his parents and other family members.It is alleged that Mr Kanu and his relatives were buried in mass graves at an unknown destinations.

We are rather surprised to say the least at the continued silence of the British Government in the face of the worst abuses of the rights of its citizens abroad by supposed friendly governments.

One is left to wonder whether the silence is due to the fact that British citizens of Nigerian origin are less British than other British citizens.

I hope that is not the case but will appreciate our government’s intervention in this matter to save Mr Elombah from the Nnamdi Kanu fate as the Nigerian government has a penchant for manufacturing false allegations and procuring false evidence to prove same before their courts.

An urgent response will be appreciated.

Elombah Sues IGP For N2bn

Blogger, Daniel Elombah, the UK based lawyer and publisher of Elombah.com has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Nigerian Police Force before an Abuja High Court in the FCT.

He is also seeking N2bn as damages for the unlawful arrest of himself and his brother by men of the Federal Swift Anti-Robbery Squad F-SARS, Dan on the 1st of January, 2018.

The suit motion captioned FCT/HC/0567/18 was filed by Daniel Elombah, Izuchukwu Elombah and Chief Obum Ohaegbu and the Nigeria Police Force with its IGP as the 2 respondents.

The suit is instituted as an application for the enforcement of fundamental rights in pursuant to Order 2 Rule 1 and 4; Order 6 Rule 1 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules, Cap 62 Laws of the Federation 1990.

It is also in line with Article 6 & 7 (B) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Retification and Enforcement) Acts Cap 10 Laws of the Federation 1990 and Sections 35 (1)(4), 43 & 46(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

It will be recalled that Daniel, his brother Tim and 4 other persons were arrested at their family house in Nnewi, Anambra State on New Year’s Day on the orders of the IGP.

Daniel was released on Tuesday last week while his brother, Tim is facing alleged defamation charges at an Area Court in Mpape, FCT.