Osinbajo Queries IG over Arrest of Journalists


Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has queried the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, over the arrest and detention of the Elombah brothers who are journalists with elombah.com.

The two brothers — Daniel and Timothy, publisher and editor respectively — along with six other men were arrested at their Anambra residence on January 1, 2018 reportedly on the orders of Idris.
Tim, who was paraded in handcuffs, was detained for 25 days for allegedly publishing an unfavourable article against the IG.

Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, wrote a petition to Osinbajo over the arrest.
In a response to Keyamo dated January 30, 2018, Ade Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff to Osinbajo, according to The Cable, said the IG has been directed to respond to the petition.

Ipaye wrote: “I am directed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to acknowledge receipt of your petition against the IG in respect of the Elombah Brothers.

“His Excellency has asked the IG to submit his response to the petition, following which any necessary action will be taken. You may also wish to ensure that this office is appraised of any updates on the matter.

“Please be assured of his excellency’s highest consideration and best wishes.”