By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) has called on the Police to immediately release Agba Jalingo, publisher of CrossRiverWatch.
According to the NGO, “From 22 to 30 August, it is 8 days since operatives allegedly of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) seized Mr. Agba Jalingo, Editor in Chief and Publisher of CrossRiverWatch and took him from Lagos to Calabar where he has since then been detained over a publication on Cross River State Micro Finance Bank which the State Governor found unfavorable.
“The Association of Cross River Online Journalists has been calling for the release of their member whom they insist has not committed any crime.
“It is a gross violation of the Constitutional rights of Agba Jalingo for the Police to detain him indefinitely, and beyond the legally permissible duration for detention without charge.
“RULAAC condemns what appears to be an exhibition of intolerance for criticism and abuse of power by the Cross River State Governor. The Police should not lend themselves to be used to harass and intimidate journalists or critics.
“The arrest and detention of Agba Jalingo is an attack on press freedom and a violation of his rights to personal liberty, human dignity and due process. RULAAC calls for his immediate release.”
The release was signed by Okechukwu Nwanguma, Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC).
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