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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Elombah.com, a responsible media, not a terrorist organization - Ogannah

Elombah.com has been described as a responsible media organization and not a terrorist, neither is it championing Biafra terrorism, as being alleged in some quarters, reports ITRealms.

The President, Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), Mr. Austyn Ogannah gave this description while responding to arraignment of Elombah.com and some of its senior editorial team on Thursday, insisting Elombah.com is a dependable media organization.

“Elombah.com is a responsible media organization. It is not a terrorist organization and neither is it championing Biafra terrorism,” he declared.

ITRealms gathered that Ogannah concerns arose from claims by the Nigeria Police Force of its members conspiracy to commit terrorism offences and cybercrime because over an opinionate article on their website, which the police see as uncomplimentary and offensive.

Hence, the Nigerian Police today, Thursday arraigned Timothy Elombah and Daniel Elombah over allegations of terrorism and cybercrime in allegation to cyber stalking, cyber bullying and for ‘championing Biafra terrorism’.

Ogannah, therefore, called on the police to withdraw the “spurious charges” without delay and stop harassing journalists for doing their constitutionally backed assignments. 

ITRealms further gathered that a four-count charge filed at the Federal High Court 5 in Abuja by the Police revealed the Elombah brothers are being charged for cyber bullying and cyber stalking the Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris.

Ogannah said its worrisome by the police’s claim that the accused who are carrying out their social responsibility, which is enshrined in the constitution, intend to “create native war and lead to breakdown of law in the country.”

“The claim is not only ridiculous, but also disgraceful of the police force under the care of Idris,” he declared.

Ogannah said in the statement: “It is laughable that the police force under whose watch 110 female teenage students were kidnapped from their dormitory at the Government Girls Technical Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State, can shamelessly descend so low to the extent of filing fabricated charges against the two journalists who are contributing their own quota to National development.

“The reputable media organization has stated that they have nothing to do with the publication in question, because it was neither written by the Editor or Publisher or any staffer and there is nothing in Elombah.com that promotes terrorism in Nigeria.

“It is to be noted that the online medium has published series of articles against the activities of Boko Haram in the country and other acts of terrorism, so linking it with the activities of IPOB is a joke taken too far,” he said.

Nonye Dom/GEE

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