By Adenike Lucas
Two journalists arrested by Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad on new year’s day have succeeded in getting their petition to the Presidency.
Daniel and his brother Tim Elombah, who were arrested for allegedly publishing an article that was deemed critical of the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force, Ibrahim Idris, petitioned the the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo through their lawyer, Festus Keyamo.
DENISAURUS News understands that Professor Osinbajo “directed” Ade Ipaye, his deputy chief of staff to respond to the petition.
Mr Ipaye wrote in a letter with reference number SH/DVP/DCOS/Misx/022, that he has been “directed by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to acknowledge receipt of your petition against the Inspector-General of Police in respect of the Elombah Brothers.”
The letter dated January 30 asks that “the Inspector-General of Police 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.”
Both men have since been arrested. But, Daniel, a London based reporter for the online website Elombah.com, spoke exclusively to DENISAURUS News on February 7, to say that his children were the most affected by the arrest.
“My children are still traumatised about this,” he said: “I heard my five-year-old went to school and told the teacher that I have been kidnapped and that is why I did not come back with them.
“My eight-year-old told friends that I was arrest by Police. Living in London, they have never seen policemen with guns. It was a traumatic experience for them. I doubt they have been able to comprehend it.”