Jonathan Elendu held in Nigeria
Jonathan Elendu, an online journalist based in Michigan, has been detained by security forces since he arrived in Nigeria on October 17, say Reporters Without Borders. Elendu publishes the online publication Elendu Reports. The journalist recently wrote about the economic and ecological disaster happening in the Niger delta and where the documentary filmaker Andrew Berends and his translator Samuel George were arrested and held for ten days last month,
Denying that Elendu had been arrested, [State Security Service] SSS spokesman Kenechuks Onyegogu said he had been â€œinvitedâ€ by the SSS to explain certain matters involving â€œnational security.â€ Elendu is being held at SSS headquarters in Abuja, where close relatives were refused permission to see him yesterday.
â€œJonathan Elendu is clearly being held by the government,â€ Reporters Without Borders said. â€œHis website has become a source of serious news and information and he often writes about corruption, the situation in the Niger delta and other subjects that are sensitive in Nigeria. We call for his immediate release pending the results of the investigation.â€ link
Nigerian Curiosity just got word from Elendu’s family that Jonathan Elendu has been released and is currently seeing a doctor. It is unclear whether his passport has been returned and whether there were any conditions for his release. link