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Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Omooba77: 7:09am On Jan 12
By The Herald NG January 12, 2018

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) is insisting on freedom of the press in Nigeria and demands the immediate release of Timothy (Tim) Elombah, the detained journalist and Editor of United Kingdom (UK) based online news platform, Elombah.com by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris.

Tim has been held for the eleventh day now since his arrest alongside his brother Daniel Elombah, a UK based Lawyer and Publisher of Elombah.com, in the wee hours of New Year Day in their family home in Nnewi, Anambra State on the orders of IGP Ibrahim in a gestapo operation by about 15 officers of the Federal Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Despite an order by a magistrate court in Mpape, Abuja, on Tuesday January 2, 2018 to keep Timothy in police custody for 7 days to allow them carry out further investigation as requested by them, with an order to bring him back to the court on January 9, 2018, the IGP and Police have refused to do so instead, they have continued to incarcerate Timothy for no just cause.

The police say they are holding Timothy because Elombah.com published an opinion piece titled: “IGP Ibrahim Idris’s Unending Baggage of Controversies” that they argue defamed the IGP and the police force. The said article was written by one Ebowei Dickson and it was widely published on multiple websites.


We do not understand how a civil case of ‘defamation’ turned into a criminal case in Nigeria, where the IGP is both the accuser and defender in his own case.

In civilized nations, what the IGP and the Police Force would have done is to sue and allow the Court do its job. A recent book titled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was authored by Michael Wolff which questions President Donald Trump’s fitness for office and yet the American Presidency never sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Police after the Author despite their claim that the book is full of lies.

We view this action by the IGP who’s an employee of President Muhammadu Buhari as the voice of Jacob but the hands of Esau. The continuous detention of Timothy Elombah and harassment of Daniel Elombah by the Federal Government is simply an attempt to muzzle the press ahead of 2019 and the arrest of the Elombah brothers is testing the waters ahead of the election. We will not fret or be cowed!

We call on the International community and Media Houses to call Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to order and stop the intimidation of the online press in Nigeria. This action by the IGP is the smuggling in of Decree 34 which Buhari as a military Head of State promulgated into the country using cybercrime as the new name. We make bold to say that as Nigeria’s foremost online publishers association, we will not watch Buhari bring the Press to disrepute and ridicule through this ‘internet age Decree 34’.

OPAN is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to ensure a society where there is ABSOLUTE freedom of the press and to stop the use of security agencies to intimidate and harass journalists in any form. The free press is here to stay.

We call on the IGP and Nigeria Police to release Tim Elombah unconditionally or charge him to a competent court of law.



Signed

Emmanuel Asiwe

Vice President OPAN

Source:
http://www.herald.ng/nigeria-under-seige-as-buhari-apc-begin-clampdown-on-online-press-ahead-of-2019-election/amp

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by madridguy(m): 7:18am On Jan 12
Ok
Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by clevvermind(m): 7:52am On Jan 12
Buhari is the problem of this country. It will be an abomination if i vote for him in 2019.

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Ratello: 7:57am On Jan 12
Sheer waste of time and energy. You can muzzle the press but not the people!

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by bloodmoneyspita: 8:04am On Jan 12
nairaland is next

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Trut(m): 8:13am On Jan 12
Tim and Daniel Elombah deserve whatever treatment they receive, they're proponent one Nigeria

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Omooba77: 8:23am On Jan 12
We shall be free

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by aolawale025: 8:41am On Jan 12
Let's see how it goes. Better a press subject to certain regulations than to drive them underground
Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by blackface123: 8:50am On Jan 12
bloodmoneyspita:
nairaland is next
hahahahahaha

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Omooba77: 10:17am On Jan 12
blackface123:
hahahahahaha
I beg make Seun or Lalaaticlala hear this. It will be very bad; yet some youth to me who are demented are happy about this

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by JONNYSPUTE(m): 10:41am On Jan 12
All nah the change we voted for,so stop complaining and enjoy the change. Ndi ala.

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by alexlife(m): 10:45am On Jan 12
"welcome development"...... zombie

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by SadiqBabaSani: 11:11am On Jan 12
Lol, Pro- Buhari will Smell poo, Ds People In d Corridor of power Gonna Show dem real Poo

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Omooba77: 12:29pm On Jan 12
Nothing last forever; just a matter of time

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Nobody: 12:40pm On Jan 12
What do you expect?

Buhari disobeyed court order and held Nnnamdi Kanu in detention.

Buhari disobeyed court order by holding El zakyzaky in a 'protective' custody.

The IGP is borrowing a leaf from his master.

Secondly,the Elombahs were proponets of 'one Nigeria'?One funny thing about Nigeria is that it bites those the supports her 'unity',ask Saro wiwa,Adaka Boro,the people of the Middle belt.

IMPUNITY REIGNS SUPREME.

THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN MUST SET FORTH AT DAWN

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by veekid(m): 2:32pm On Jan 12
Ah no sure say this man go scale Tru APC primaries

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by MicheyJ1: 2:32pm On Jan 12
True true this guy na dictator.




I want to give Nigerians my heartfelt apology for working with Buhari's Lagos campaign team in 2015. I helped ruin this country but now I'm repentant and sorry.

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by biggerboyc(m): 2:33pm On Jan 12
Ok
Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by Luitenaunty: 2:33pm On Jan 12
ok
Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by thunderbabs: 2:34pm On Jan 12
Dey will still com an shout vote buhari for 2019

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by andymofia(m): 2:34pm On Jan 12
make una go sleep
Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by tonytony208(m): 2:34pm On Jan 12
clevvermind:
Buhari is the problem of this country. It will be an abomination if i vote for him in 2019.

Believe me, you will be dissapointed that your vote doesn't count

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by hypocriticracy: 2:34pm On Jan 12
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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by imella: 2:34pm On Jan 12
Omooba77:
We shall be free

Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by blackbeau1(f): 2:36pm On Jan 12
This administration tho. It's more like an autocratic rule than democratic rule. Instead of concentrating on the herdsmen and the economy of nigeria, they are busy arresting people who have done no wrong

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by ORACLE1975(m): 2:37pm On Jan 12
What? I pity this government no amount of intimidation



Can stop me from voting PDP COMES 2019.

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by yang(m): 2:37pm On Jan 12
The zoo called Nigeria is a Failed poo hole


Divide this zoo country and let people manage their future

now people are sold into slavery for $50 and nobody is talking

when they were killing people in Onitsha and ABA nobody is talking

The media kept quiet, collected bribe and published evil

Tommorow it will be your turn and dont be surprised if nobody speaks

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by thereturnoflucy(f): 2:38pm On Jan 12
Its a shame where we are as a nation. We ought to have passed this shitty stage. But how can we, when we keep recycling old politicians all in the name of party politics.

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by sacluxisback(m): 2:38pm On Jan 12
Decree 1984 is back.

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Re: Buhari, APC Begin Clampdown On Online Press - Online Publishers Association OPAN by GavelSlam: 2:38pm On Jan 12
I love Buhari's antics.

He doesn't respond to unnecessary distractions.

You have an issue with the IGP, take him to court.

Screaming the president and his party's name up and down when is actually a waste of time.

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