1. His investigative article, “How Ayade Approved and Diverted 500 million Naira for Cross River Micro Finance Bank” is true. No one has said otherwise.
2. Till date, the Cross River State Government hasn’t come clean on questions raised by the investigation:
a) Where is the money?
b) Nine months after, why has no one accessed the fund?
c) What are the processes to access the funds?
d) What are the terms and conditions?
3. He was invited by the Police to answer a petition bordering on his article – a civil matter!
4. The interview was rescheduled to September 3, 2019 but he was criminally abducted by law enforcement agents on August 22, 2019 in Lagos and was forced to embark on a tortuous 25 hour journey to Calabar by road.
5. The Police kept him for 4 days before approaching the Courts.
6 Jalingo is facing charges of terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the Cross River State Government.
7. The Police obtained a 14 days order to detain him and one Prince Ekanem Ekpo from the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt and it took effect after he had spent 12 days in custody.
8. From 22nd August 2019 till date Prince Ekanem hasn’t been in Police custody.
9. He was finally arraigned on September 25, 2019 after 34 days in Police custody.
10. He was remanded in Prison custody at Afokang by Justice Simon Amobeda where he has spent 4 days and counting.
Investigative journalism is not a crime.
Free Speech is an inalienable right.
Press MUST BE FREE!
Mr. Archibong Jeremiah is the Managing Editor of CrossRiverWatch and writes from Calabar.
NOTE: Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Archibong Jeremiah, and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.
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