Rights Violation: Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, 221 Others Sign Petition Against Cross River Police Commissioner

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, Executive Director at Project Alert on Violence Against Women alongside 221 others have signed a petition against the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Austin Agbonlahor.

The petition is by Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) on grounds of human rights violation of its member, Mr. Agba Jalingo who has been in Police custody for 15 days and counting without trial.

“This is a gross abuse of Jalingo’s fundamental human rights and press freedom.” Her reason for signing the petition.

Agba, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of CrossRiverWatch was arrested in his Lagos residence on August 22, 2019 by Police personnel following his publication of an article asking Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River to come clean on the whereabouts of the N500 million that was released for the State’s Microfinance bank.

His arrest came on the heels of a Police invitation which was scheduled for September 3rd and Jalingo had repeatedly said he will honor. He remains in detention while activists, civil society organizations among others have clamored for his release.

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