Nigeria journalists arraigned on invented terror charges

CourtsFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN authorities have been urged to drop charges of terrorism laid against executives of a news website that published articles critical of the president’s family and the head of police.

Brothers Timothy and Daniel Elombah, who are editor and chief executive respectively of the independent Elombah news site, are to appear at court in the capital Abuja today (Thursday) on cybercrime and terrorism-related allegations.

Nigerian security forces detained the pair on January 1 for an allegedly defamatory article about Nigerian Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, which was published on a website the accused have denied knowledge of its operations.

They argue they did not write the article.

The brothers are out of custody but if found guilty, they could each face up to 10 years in jail under the Cybercrime Act.

However, their Elombah site reports on the extremist group, Boko Haram, and has written critically about President Muhammadu Buhari’s son.

Angela Quintal, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Africa Programme Coordinator, urged authorities to drop all legal proceedings against them and review Nigeria’s cybercrime law to ensure it was constitutional and not abused to silence the press.

“Timothy and Daniel Elombah are journalists and not terrorists. They should be free to continue their journalism without legal harassment or fear of going to jail,” Quintal said.
– CAJ News

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