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Elombah: Court frees Publisher, keep Editor in detention

*Over defamatory report linked to IGP’s wife

Police have released Daniel Elombah, a London-based Nigerian journalist, who was arrested by their operatives on Monday.

Mr. Elombah’s brother, Timothy, who is the Editor of the online medium, who was also arrested, would be kept in custody for another seven days based on a warrant signed by a Magistrate.

Police told www.gongnews.net Tuesday afternoon that they arrested the brothers and, ”a third person” and had filed criminal charges against them.

The brothers were taken to a magistrate’s court in Mpape, Abuja, on Tuesday where a warrant was issued to further keep Timothy in custody.

“This would enable us carry out our preliminary investigations before filing criminal charges against him,” said police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood.

Mr. Elombah and another man who works for the online platform, www.elombah.com, were granted administrative bail Tuesday while Timothy remains in custody.

Timothy Elombah is the Editor of the online newspaper, which began operations in 2009.

Andrew Elombah said his release included a condition that he must not step out of Abuja for the next few weeks, ”or even months.”

“We’re working with our lawyers to see how they could void this stringent condition,” he said. He also added that efforts were underway to get his brother out before the seven days detention order.

The journalists were arrested around 4:30 a.m. at their country home in Nnewi on New Year’s Day.

They were arrested by the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who stormed their home during the festive period in a commando style.

Andrew Elombah said the arrests were linked to a story published online, but not on their website.

“They said an opinion piece that denigrated the Inspector-General of Police was published on opinionnigeria.com, which is not our own website,” Mr. Elombah said.

He added that the police said the piece was written by Timothy Elombah under a pseudonym, but failed to present any evidence to support the claim.

The trio were initially taken to a SARS detention facility in Anambra after their arrest. They were later moved to Abuja around 7 a.m. Monday, and on Tuesday were dragged before the Magistrate.

The matter was adjourned till 9th January 2018.

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