By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) has condemned the attack on one of its members, Mr. Inyali Peter by aides of the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade.
Mr. Inyali, the Publisher of Fearless Reports, an online news portal was allegedly attacked by Mr. Boniface Ishamali, Special Assistant on Petroleum Resources and Mr. Christian Odey, the Special Assistant on Research and Branding at about 12:17 AM on Saturday in Obudu at the burial of the former Accountant General of the State, Mr. Innocent Adie.
ACROJ in a statement signed by its Acting Chairman and Secretary, Comrade Hope Obeten and Comrade Archibong Jeremiah, respectively described the act as a “barbaric attempt to stifle members of the fourth estate of the realm who strive legally to inform Cross Riverians at home and diaspora of happenings in the State.”
The association said that the act showed the low level which the value system of the perpetrators has reached.
“One will expect that public office holders will act with the highest level of civility since they hold these offices in trust for the people.
“But, it is regrettable that an aide to the governor on research and branding as well as another on petroleum; two very vital offices will descend so low to attack a young and vibrant Cross Riverian who is contributing his quota to the development of the state and legally so,” the statement read.
The association said it will not be intimidated by the “childish and uncivilized acts of a few who find violence more appealing than legal channels to solutions.”
It also called on the Police to “investigate the brazen violence of those who do not appreciate the good intellectual work of journalists and bring the perpetrators to book to deter those who may see this as a new trend.”
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