Exclusive : By Adenike Lucas
Two journalist who were arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS on new years day have pleaded not guilty to four counts of defamation charges against the Inspector General of Police.
Daniel and Tim Elombah, who were arrested on allegations that they published an article critical of Ibrahim Idris, have previously denied any wrong doing.
According to court document exclusively seen by DENISAURUS News, the brothers Daniel 48 and his Tim 43, were arrested for agreed with one another to make use of Elombah.com to make and published an injurious and offensive publication damaging the reputation of the sitting IG.
The court document allege that both men made a false accusation that Mr Idris Ibrahim Koptom received a bribe through his wife DSP Astha.
The police say the allegation made by Daniel and Tim is a punishable offence.
Responding, their lawyer said: “It is a shame that people are still being put on trial at this age over something they said about those in power.”
Last month, father of two, Daniel spoke exclusively to DENISAURUS News from Lagos, Nigeria.
He explained that his family are yet to get over the whole ordeal.
“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.”
Days after the interview with DENISAURUS News, the Presidency queried the Police chief over the arrest of London based Daniel and his brother.
Ade Ipaye, deputy chief of staff to Vice President 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.”