Jonathan Elendu

Jonathan Elendu

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
9° 52' 56.19" N, 8° 15' 42.1884" E
Status: Released
Arrested between 18 Oct 2008 and 29 Oct 2008
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Jonathan Elendu, the writer at Elendu Reports, was arrested by the SSS ( the federal security enforcement agency in Nigeria) on Saturday evening upon arrival in Nigeria from the United States. Elendu was reportedly arrested to answer questions because his 'activities' have allegedly generated some national security issues. One publication specifically reported that Elendu was arrested for "sponsoring a guerilla news agency."[sic] He was held for over 24 hours before he was interrogated.

Elendu was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja as soon as he arrived via KLM Airline around 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, he was immediately whisked away to the SSS headquarters, Asokoro, Abuja. He has been held in solitary confinement by the State Security Service (SSS) for over nine days and without charge.

According to Nigeria's Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), detained Nigerian blogger, Jonathan Elendu has been "tortured to either disclose the sources of the several embarrassing news reports on prominent political leaders in Nigeria" and is on a hunger strike because he is afraid that he will be poisoned in jail.

Jonathan Elendu was released from custody on October 29th, 2008.

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