Sunday, February 15, 2009

Although the Nigerian press is not reporting this story, Nigerian Curiosity can now confirm that Nigerian political blogger, Emmanuel Emeka Asiwe, has finally left Nigeria.

Asiwe was originally arrested upon arrival in Nigeria on October 28, 2008 by the SSS and refused contact with his family or lawyers until his 'release' on November 4th. At the time of his 'release' however, his travel documents and other properties were not released to him, thus preventing him from returning to his family in Massachusets.

Like Jonathan Elendu, another Nigerian blogger arrested and unlawfully detained in Nigeria, Asiwe turned to the judicial system to gain the return of his property and the Court sided with him. So, now, despite the fact that he missed the birth of his child, and was unable to spend the holidays with his family, Emeka Asiwe has now left Nigeria. Jonathan Elendu's passport was also recently released. Hopefully, he too, will soon be able to leave Nigeria and return to his family. The world cannot wait to hear both these men talk about their ordeal in the quest for freedom and justice.

When Nigerian Curiosity confirms that he is safe, his location will be revealed. Until then, Nigerian Curiosity celebrates this release and triumph over injustice.

Asiwe is now in London. He landed at Heathrow Airport but was detained by security due to a malicious 'tip' from Nigeria's SSS. He was thankfully released and allowed to go on his way.

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NneomaMD said...

Thanks for the update. Can't wait to hear their experiences under unlawful detentions.

Femi B said...

na wah oh, thanks for the update. I'd love to read exactly what happened..please keep us in the now off ok

Miss Opeke said...

Thank you for keeping us updated on the outcome of this issue...


@ Nneoma: I can't wait either. Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well?

@ Femi B: He will reveal more information as soon as he can, and I will be sure to let you know. I am just glad that he is one step closer to being reunited with his family.

@ Madam Opeke: No problem, madam. How are you?

[G@ttoGiallo] said...

Yes, so now he can speak freely about all this... I'll follow the story, thanks Sol !

Anonymous said...

Very good news indeed.

Veracity said...
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Veracity said...

Yar'Adua seems to have learned from the dictators and despots that preceded him as heads of state. He needs to understand that in a democracy you don't arrest and detain people simply because they have contrary opinions or engage in acerbic reportage.

If the claims made in the news reports on huluonline.com are false, there are legal avenues to seek redress against libelous and defamatory false reportage. Yar'Adua should use this rather the state security apparatus to intimidate and muzzle unflattering views and reports.

Anonymous said...

In the words of Femi B, "na wah oh"! Sigh! Good to know he and his documents were released.
How do you do Madam?


@ GattoGiallo: Hey you! WIll be sure to let you know when there is an update.

@ Denford: Indeed. So, Tsivangirai's new 'defender of Mugabe' attitude is mind boggling to some eh? I would like to think he is just doing that to keep the peace for now. Anyway, off to your site for updates...

@ Veracity: "in a democracy you don't arrest and detain people simply because they have contrary opinions or engage in acerbic reportage."

I agree with you completely. There are many groups and individuals at home and abroad that work tirelessly to encourage democracy and freedom of expression in Nigeria. All we can do is work together to make the country better.

So glad to see you over here and I hope you will blog more regularly this year. Your opinion is important.


@ Brownsugar: Long time no see! It is indeed wonderful that he was released. How body, my sista?

Adaeze said...

oh my god it's just so..Argh! if things were right he'd be getting compensation and lots of it..Can't wait to hear more.

mingus said...

it's disgraceful really! People cannot enjoy blogging without being afraid of what the nigerian governemnt will do! it's really embarrassing that the so-called 'giant of africa' goes about intimidating bloggers!

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