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31 Oct 2008

FREE JONATHAN ELENDU NOW




ELENDU'S STORY- On Saturday, October 18th, Nigerian political blogger, Jonathan Elendu was arrested upon arrival at a Nigerian airport. He was arrested and detained by the State Security Service (SSS), which according to the US State Department, reports directly to Nigeria's President. Elendu was detained by the SSS, without charge, and reportedly tortured and forced to starve for fear of poisoning. He was eventually handed over to an anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), but still, he was not charged in a court of law. Although Nigerian law requires every detainee to be charged within 48 hours of arrest, Jonathan Elendu was held for a period of 11 days without contact with a lawyer or his family. Until, Wednesday, October 29th, when word was received that Elendu was no longer under arrest and was receiving medical care. As of right now, Jonathan Elendu is no longer under arrest, but as his passport is still in the custody of the Federal Government of Nigeria, he is not free to return to his wife and child who live in the US.



Albert Schweitzer said- "The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to education."


MR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLS FREE JONATHAN, GIVE HIM BACK HIS TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SO HE CAN RETURN TO HIS FAMILY.







23 comments:

  1. If not for anything but for the fact that I am FIRST on this blog for the first time or the first time in a very long time, I will comment on this post...
    Biko government or whatever you call yourself...free the man now abi na wetin? Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the good advice!

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  2. LOL...nolimit..u will not kill me with laughter...yippeee! u r first...and this isnt ur first time u know..:)

    yes true true they shld free the man jo...

    meanwhile pls let me know ur thots on the post below this one ;)

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  3. This is really sad.....I hope everything works together for good.

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  4. I thought he was released. Solomonsdelle said he was!

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  5. He's been released, but he's not been given back his travel documents. That's as good as being held hostage. He's being held hostage in Nigeria!

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  6. I thot we have a democracy in Nigeria...didn't know it was an autocracy.

    They should leave the guy abeg. Meanwhile is there not a court of law that the guy could take his case to? Something obviously higher than Supreme Court...perhaps ICJ?

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  7. What do they want with the man! I mean this is so awful. Poor poor guy. I hope he is ok tho. Gosh now I am scared to go home!

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  8. I'm just reading about this! what the hell did he do? scratch that, this is Naija where sneezing is a capital offence and stealing isnt! mcheeeeeeeeeeww.

    i pray he is ok.

    Temite, why are u scared to come home?

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  9. errrr coz i dont wanna be thrown into a jail forever. Me I fear not seeing my family again.

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  10. this elendu guy has become famous sha o!!! Our govt too do sha; oversabi for wrong matters.

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  11. Hello there!

    Thank you for sharing this issue!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
    Lisa

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  12. Visited his blog...I really did not see any thing that should annoy any one and warrant abuse of power.

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  13. *sighs* poor man...

    May God help Nigeria...

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  14. *sighs* poor man...

    May God help Nigeria...

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  15. hmmm thanks for this was on Solomonsdyelle blog and just heard about it

    hmmm

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  16. ~Sirus~- abi o really sad :(

    seye- uncle, did you read the post at all. Yes he has been released but not his travel documents...not sure of the status as of today sha.

    Vera- thanks for answering Seye

    Parakeet- men i just tire for Naija. Maybe ICJ can get involved abi...

    Temite- Don't be scared dear...no one fit touch u!

    Smaragd- SSD has the full details on her blog...just a sad situation

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  17. Tairebabs- abi o..famous just like that... i tire for our govt jare.

    BWBTT- that's the least i can do for a fellow Nigerian blogger..

    hope u r good, Lisa

    Doja- thank u o...thought it was just me. i tire jare!

    Buttercup- it is well o. and Amen to that

    Kafo- sad isn't it? so sad

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  18. Wonders shall never end in 9ja!!1

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  19. Hope he gets released soon.

    How was your honeymoon?

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  20. aloofar- i second that

    oluwadee- he has been released, we are waiting for them to release his documents.

    Which HONEYMOON o??? hehehe, the one i went to since abi another one dey?

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  21. Yep that 1.
    I 4got to ask.

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  22. Ah ok..it went very well..i think i blogged about it a while back- http://alotedbabe.blogspot.com/2008/09/honeymoon-runs-better-late-than-never.html

    Thanks for asking, girl, I am touched :)

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  23. it is a disheartening situation to know that a country where the govt shouts rule of law is treating people like the. shame on them.

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