The Editor of elombah.com, Timothy Elombah, has been detained by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, beyond a remand order granted by Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Mpape, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
ALEDEH recalls that the elombah.com Editor was arrested alongside his brothers from their family house in Edoji-Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria in the wee hours of New Year’s day.
The online journalists were arrested over an article titled “IGP Ibrahim Idris’s Unending Baggage of Controversies”, written by Ebiowei Dickson on social media network, Instagram and believed to have been published on elombah.com.
ALEDEH had reported that the publisher of elombah.com, was released late Monday night, January 1 but the elombah.com Editor was remanded in police custody for seven (7) days pending the completion of the police investigation and filing a former charge.
Few hours after our report, the police approached the court seeking an order to remand Tim in prison custody for a period of fourteen (14) days pending the completion of police investigation and filing a former charge but the court only granted seven (7) days to the police to be resumed on January 9, 2018.
The elombah.com editor detention expired on Monday, January 7 but the Nigerian Police has continued to detain Mr Elombah illegally despite requests by both international and local civil organisations for his release.