OSINBAJO QUERIES I.G.P OVER ILLEGAL DETENTION OF ON-LINE JOURNALISTS

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, has queried the nations Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the illegal detention of Daniel and Tim Elombah, online Publisher and Editor respectively of Elombah.com by the Nigeria police on his instruction over a purely personal matter involving the life style of the police top gun. Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocaof Nigeria (SAN) had petitioned the presidency on 15 January 2018, accusing the police I.G of highhandedness and abuse of office over the said detention of the two journalists.

Responding to the petition, Ade Ipaye, Deputy chief of staff in the office of the VP, informed Keyamo in an acknowledgment letter, made available to Armada, that ‘His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, has asked the inspector general of police to submit his response to the petition against him , following which any necessary actions would be taken. You may also wish to ensure that this office is appraised of any update on the matter.’

Earlier, On 1 January 2018, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had ordered men and officers of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad to invade the family compound of the Elimbahs in Edoji, Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State. Six persons including Daniel and Tim, were arrested, handcuffed like common criminals and driven to the SARS office in Nnewi from where they were subsequently taken to the SARS headquarters in Awkuzu, near Awka and finally driven in handcuffs by road to Abuja for further interrogation.

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