Cross River NUJ Gets Knocked For ‘Disowning’ Agba Jalingo

In Breaking News, International News, Politics

By Ovatitomi Ibingha 

Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian journalist cum pro democracy activist who is on trial for treason, has reportedly been disowned by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Cross River State Council.

Mr. Jalingo, the publisher of the online CrossRiverWatch, has been in prison in Calabar. He is charged with treason over a report about an alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade.

The NUJ Chairman in Cross River, Victor Dan, reportedly said Mr. Jalingo is not a member of the union, apparently justifying why the union at the State level has been silent over the continuous incarceration of the journalist.

Mr. Jalingo’s trial was in November listed among 10 “most urgent” cases of threats to press freedom around the world.

Amnesty International and several other organisations have been calling for Mr. Jalingo’s release from prison.

The NUJ in Cross River is not known to have spoken up or issued a single statement condemning the continuous detention and trial of Mr. Jalingo.

“It’s true they told us he (Jalingo) is not their member,” the spokesperson of Amnesty International in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, said of a meeting he had in Calabar with the NUJ Chairman, Mr. Victor, over Mr. Jalingo’s travails.

Mr. Sanusi travelled to Calabar and met Mr. Dan on November 15 to press upon the NUJ in the State to speak out on Mr. Jalingo’s case. The meeting took place at the Ernest Etim-Bassey Press Centre, Calabar.

‘No Comments Please’

Mr. Dan declined comment on the matter when Premium Times contacted him on Monday.

But, Darlington Edem, the Chairman of the Association of Cross River Online Journalists, said he was disappointed with the way NUJ in Cross River has remained quiet over Mr. Jalingo’s trial.

“So far, they have been so quiet, there has been no word from the NUJ Chairman,” Mr. Edem told Premium Times, Monday. “It is a huge disappointment.”

Mr. Jalingo is a well-known journalist in Cross River as well as a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr. Edem said.

“We are all journalists, we go to cover events together. If Cross River State NUJ is saying they would not talk because Agba Jalingo is not their member, then why is the national body (NUJ) talking?” he said.

Support From National

The national leadership of NUJ, unlike the Cross River State Council, has, however, said the union would not abandon Mr. Jalingo.

The NUJ President, Chris Isiguzo, told Premium Times, Monday, that the NUJ would stand up for the incarcerated journalist “even if he is not a member of the union.

“From Cross River, they have told us he is not our member and all that, but I have told them clearly that whatever it takes, let us solidarise with him, do whatever we are able to do, get him out and then take care of the rest,” Mr. Isiguzo said.

“Whether or not he is our member, it is incumbent upon us to protect all journalists.

“We did a letter to the Governor, Ben Ayade, we asked him to free the young man. But up till now, we have not received any response.

“I have asked that they furnish me with information on the next Court sitting, I will personally be in Court, and once I am in court be rest assured that all the journalists and the leadership of NUJ (in Cross River) would join me to the court,” he added.

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism

CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.


New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here

Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On Today

You may also read!

I Opted For Surrogacy To Avoid Baby Daddy Drama – Ini Edo

By Abiodun Sanusi, Punch Newspaper Popular actress, Ini Edo, has said that she decided to go the surrogacy route


Cross River State Anti-Grazing Bill And Matters Arising BY AGBA JALINGO

Hon. Elvert Ayambem, Member representing Ikom II State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly, is already


I Won’t Sign “Draconian Anti-open Grazing Law” Because Herders Are My Brothers – Cross River Governor, Ayade

By Sahara Reporters The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has said the anti-open grazing law which some


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now