Release Jonathan Elendu sign now

His Excellency Musa Yaradua, the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria
Sen. David Mark, the Senate President
Hon. Oladimeji Sabur Bankole, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, the Federal Minister for Justice.

We, the undersigned, have heard with great alarm of the arrest of Mr. Jonathan Elendu in Abuja, on Saturday October 18, 2008. Mr. Elendu is a journalist with an online-based newspaper and a resident of the United States of America. The State Security Services (SSS) arrested Mr. Elendu on the pretense that they wanted him for routine questioning. They, however, seized his international passport and luggage and threw him into the gulag without due process. We are equally shocked that the government has denied Mr. Elendu access to his family and/or his attorney. It is disheartening, unconscionable and a violation of fundamental human rights and every applicable law that up till date, Mr. Elendu, has not been charged to court or appraised of the reason behind his illegal detention. His attorney, Mr. Momah, has followed up with a formal written request for Mr. Elendus release and an application for legal visit(s) but the government ignored the applications without any valid reason.

Speculations are rife that Mr. Elendus arrest was in connection with the recent leaks within the presidency, where pictures of the presidents 13-year old son were circulated online. Some of those pictures depicted the presidents 13-year old son playing with money in a room full of money, totting a short gun, "driving" an expensive open convertible car etc. While it is understandable that these pictures are embarrassing to say the least, this should call for a soul searching on the part of the first family (presidency) as opposed to intimidation or arrest of investigative journalist (s) who exposed their indiscretions. In any case, if this is the rationale behind Mr. Jonathan Elendus arrest, the government should charge him to court if they feel he violated any law under the constitution of Nigeria rather than intimidating,harassing and detaining him without due process. The continued detention of Mr. Elendu is an abuse of power, harassment and intimidation of the media as well as muffling of freedom of speech. This violates Article 19 of the of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as "the right to hold opinions without interference... Furthermore, it is disheartening that the government of President Musa Yardua, which claimed to respects the rule of law, appears to encourage the trampling of the rule of law underfoot. The detention of Mr. Elendu without charges is illegal and an embarrassment to the government of Nigeria and a serious dent on President Yardua.

We, the undersigned, therefore demand Mr. Jonathan Elendu be released immediately and without conditions so that he can return to his family and work. In addition we urge you to:
1.Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Jonathan Elendu;
2.Assure that while in detention he is granted immediate and regular access to his family, a lawyer of his choice, and any medical treatment necessary;
3 Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with international and regional human rights instruments ratified by Nigeria.

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Latest Signatures

  • 20 December 2015100. Ezejiofo U
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 201599. Centre Forhumanempowermentadvancementandd
    Elendu's detention without trial makes us wonder if Nigeria is really in a democracy. Otherwise, why hasn't he bee charged to court and or allowed access to his lawyers. Release Elendu now
  • 13 December 201598. Dr Davida
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 201597. Lord Mikei
    Mr. President, wake up and do your freaking job!!!
  • 07 September 201596. Ray O
    I support this petition
  • 30 August 201595. Comrade Chidin
    The continued detention of Elendu is a manifestation of traits of dictatorship by the morally bankrupt Yar'adua's government. It is not only a rape of the rule of law upon which the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is founded but also the r
  • 29 August 201594. Chimezie D
    May we live to see a day when we as Nigerian are allowed to express our views without risking arrest by the Government "elected" to protect us.
  • 18 July 201593. Nnamdi A
    I support this petition
  • 10 June 201592. Emeka M
    Elendu's arrest is distasteful and ridiculous. He should be released immediately.
  • 31 May 201591. Carl O
    Giving Mr Elendu a day in court will further prove that Nigeria practices the rule of law. Nigerians should be guaranteed a freedom of speech.
  • 23 February 201590. Annette O
    I support this petition
  • 13 February 201589. Ezinwa N
    Freedom of Speech and Press must be respected in Nigeria.
  • 09 February 201588. Paul O
    Nigerian leaders must support the Nigerian Constitution, which they swore an oath to uphold. Charge citizens for a crime when there is evidence, but holding a Nigerian citizen without charges is a flagrant violation of not only the Nigerian Constitution b
  • 16 January 201587. Oguanyia C
    Charge him to court or release him now. Continued detention without trial is not acceptable to Nigerians and Nigerian democracy
  • 31 December 201486. Ego A
  • 19 December 201485. Eddie Co
    Release him if he is innocent or charge him if he is guilty. The continued detention and/or arrest is uncalled for if he is innocent.
  • 13 October 201484. Nubi A
    This is unacceptable. Nigeria is sliding toward a slippery slope.
  • 28 April 201483. Tajudeen R
    I support this petition
  • 12 March 201482. Okey I
    I support this petition
  • 11 February 201481. Kc Princea
    Freedom for one is freedom for all.
  • 26 January 201480. Pamela M
    I support this petition
  • 23 January 201479. Eastern Progressivesm
    The SSS has no plausible reasons to continue to detain Elendu, except that it wants to suppress every dissenting voice against the Yar'adua-led government. It should release Elendu to redeem the battered image of the country, resulting from the criminal u
  • 16 January 201478. Rotimi O
    One giant step backwards for Nigeria
  • 12 January 201477. Fubara D
    The case of Elendu represents a microcosm of the difficulty Nigeria continues to have in finally closing the book on its tyrannical past with military dictatorships.
  • 06 January 201476. Sir Tonyn
    I strongly commend your efforts. Today is Mr ELENDU ; Tomorrow may be you or myself. This is what democracy and freedom of speech entails, Thanks
  • 17 December 201375. Centre Fortheadvancementofchildrensandwomensr
    Elendu's unlawful and detention by the SSS must be condemned by every Nigerian or group. We therefore demand his immediate release
  • 15 October 201374. Ibukunolu Alaob
    Rule of law must be done transparently.

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