ONE STRAND OF AKIMA’S HAIR MUST NOT MISS, UPU TELLS NIGERIAN POLICE AND NOTORIOUS LEGISLATOR EVANCE IWURIE WHO MASTERMINDED HIS ARREST

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The Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU) has called on the police to make sure that information reaching the leadership of UPU is that Mr Ken Efemena Umukoro, a.k.a Akima who has been arrested and detained at the police does not die in their detention.

According to a statement signed by the body’s  Natioanl Publicity Secretary, Chief Duncan Ewhere,  Akima has fallen critically Ill, and the police authority denied him the opportunity to have his medication.

“We call on the police authority to make sure that nothing ever happens to this young man. If there is any trace of crime(s) committed by him, he should be charged to court, or be released immediately”, the Urhobo apex body stated.

UPU maintained that “the police authority should not be cowed to believe that this young man had committed any crime when there is no evidence of any crime committed”.

Akima was forcefully arrested by the Nigerian Police in Asaba on the orders of the lawmaker representing Ethiope East in Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Evance Iwurie, for demanding good governance from him to his constituents, an action the first timer legislator found demeaning.

 

OPAN URGES THE JUDICIARY TO DEAL WITH THE INJUSTICE METED OUT TO ELOMBAH BY THE IG

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), on Thursday welcomed the release of Tim Elombah, the editor of Elombah.com after 25 days of unlawful detention by the Police.

Tim and his brothers were arrested in the wee hours of January 1, 2018 by men and officers of the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, and the Special Tactical Squad, STS,  of the Nigeria police.

The Premier organisation of Nigeria’s online journalists in a statement issued after the release of Tim Elombah via an order of an FCT Abuja high court said they expect the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris to immediately inform Nigerians under what charges the Elombah brothers were arrested and detained.

“We trust that the judiciary will address whatever injustices suffered by the innocent citizens”, OPAN said in the statement signed by their President, Austin Oganah.

“We also hope that the publisher, Daniel Elombah, will be able to travel back to his base in the United Kingdom immediately to rejoin his family”.

“We expect the authorities to henceforth respect the inalienable right of every Nigerian to freedom of speech and expression and calls on all Nigerians to join us and stand firm against any flagrant abuse of these fundamental rights without excuses”, the statement concluded.

 

FREEDOM AT LAST: ELOMBAH RELEASED FROM POLICE CUSTODY.

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Tim Elombah released after 25 days in police custody.

The management and staff of Elombah.com, on Thursday  thanked friends and family, the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), Lawyers, Journalists, local and international Non governmental organisations, NGOs , National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) , the British government, and numerous individuals for their steadfastness and unwavering support during the unlawful detention of Tim Elombah, the editor of Elombah. Com.

Tim and his brothers were arrested in the wee hours of January 1, 2018 by men and officers of the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, and the Special Tactical Squad, STS, of the Nigeria police.

The Publishers of the online newspaper in a statement issued after the release of Tim Elombah via an order of an FCT Abuja high court said, although the Police is yet to state under what charges the Elombah brothers were detained, they trust the judiciary will address whatever injustice suffered by the innocent citizens.

“We also hope that the publisher, Daniel Elombah will be able to travel back to his base in the United Kingdom immediately to rejoin his family”, the management stated.

“Freedom of speech and expression is an inalienable right of every person and Nigerians should stand firm against any flagrant abuse of these fundamental rights without excuses”, the statement concluded.