By Our Reporter
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) have condemned the arrest and detention of a Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo for allegedly criticising the Cross River State Government.
Jalingo, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was said to have been whisked away from Lagos by men of the Nigeria Police Force on Thursday and has not been seen since then.
The arrest and whisking of Jalingo to Calabar came days before he was to honour an invitation of the Police slated for Monday, August 26.
In a statement by Yerima Shettima, National President of the AYCF, the organisation slammed the Police for what it described as unprofessional conduct on the part of the law enforcement agency.
The group noted that the arrest of Jalingo adds to the condemnable efforts of some supposed leaders in the country to stifle the press and freedom of speech.
“This act by the Police stands condemned and should be rejected by all Nigerians. We must never allow individuals with selfish individuals muzzle us from speaking out when the need arises.
“If the Police and those using them in Cross River are sure of Agba Jalingo’s offence, then they should charge him before a Court of law rather than keeping him illegally,” AYCF said.
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