Jonathan Elendu a Nigerian blogger who is based in US was arrested on Saturday 18th October upon arrival in Nigeria, for “sponsoring a guerrilla news agency”. When Nigerian Curiosity dropped a note for me on the issue, I thought it was a joke, but alas it is real!
Jonathan Elendu is the blogger behind Elendu Reports. His writings focus on events happening in Nigeria and his articles covers activities of political office holders. I am not a fan of political news, and I simply prefer talking about financial survival in Nigeria above other national issues. However, I owe a duty to my conscience to decry this infringement of Mr. Jonathan Elendu’s basic human right. If he has committed a crime, he should be charged to court and not held indefinitely while being denied access to his family.
Article 19 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights says
“Everyone has right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
The spoke-person for the SSS was quoted as saying that Elendu activities have generated “national security issues” Everyone is wondering how the articles on Elendu Reports can be classified as such. If he is being held for another reason, it is necessary that the SSS make a press statement. Meanwhile, he should be charged to court immediately so that he can enforce his rights. The Nigerian constitution does not permit holding a citizen beyond 24hours! The SSS is not above the law (I hope).
I hereby call on all fellow Naija brothers and sisters at home and abroad to cry against this inhuman treatment of a fellow Nigerian. We must not go back to the pre-1999 days, when anything can be classified as “Treasonable Offense”
Nigerian Curiosity is keeping an update on this issue. Committee To Protect Bloggers is also keeping an update. Please do what you can. Digg, Stumble this post or any of the two links to create awareness online and attract the attention of the international community to intervene and press for the release of Jonathan Elendu. Remember, evil thrives when good people keep quiet!