The Publisher of elombah.com and the General Secretary of the Online Publishers Association, OPAN, Daniel Elombah, has filed N2 billion lawsuit against the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Idris Ibrahim.
According to a statement shared with ALEDEH, the lawsuit which was filed at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court shows that Elombah is also suing the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.
The online publisher is suing the Force and its Inspector-General for an unlawful arrest on New Year’s Day by officials of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigerian police.
ALEDEH recalls that the United Kingdom-based attorney 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.
Displeased with the development, Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, OPAN, Nigeria’s premier association of digital/new media publishers, issued a statement through its President, Austyn Ogannah condemning the arrest of the online journalists.
A day after OPAN condemned the arrest, Elombah sent ALEDEH a statement narrating his ordeal.
Elombah said in the statement that he and his brothers were tortured by SARS officials.
Meanwhile, Oral Application for bail of Tim Elombah has been moved and court adjourned to Tuesday, January 9, 2018, for the ruling.