Prince Jedy Agba, Minister Of State For Power Accused Of Abuse Of Power

In Breaking News, National News, Reports

By Archibong Jeremiah

The Minister of State for Power, Prince Jedy Agba has been urged to respect press freedom and the fundamental human rights of Nigerians, as enshrined in the 1999 constitution, as amended.

The call was made by Citizen Agba Jalingo, publisher of CrossRiverWatch over the weekend. Jalingo accused his cousin, the Minister of masterminding the illegal arrest and detention of Oga Tom, Publisher of Power Steering Magazine by the Police.

The Publisher has been in Police custody since 13th October, 2020 over publications that seem not to have gone down well with the Minister. Power Steering Magazine is published and distributed at the Central Area, Abuja.

According to Jalingo, “Its been confirmed that Mr. Oga has remained detained in a Police cell in Abuja since October 13, 2020 on the orders of the Minister of State for Power, Prince Jedy Agba.

“I also learnt that the Minister is unhappy about headlines and some reportage that the magazine has been running about him. The magazine is not online, so I haven’t read any of the reportage but I have sighted some pictures of the hard copies. It is within the full rights of the Minister to be upset if he feels the stories are maligning him. That’s ok. I cannot say whether the content of those publications are true or not, but what I can say for sure is that no law in this country gives anyone the power, no matter how highly placed you are, to arrest and lock anyone up without trial.

Prince Goddy Jedy Agba, Minister of State for Power.

“No matter how aggrieved you are, no matter how offensive what is written about you is, the law provides for criminal defamation, libel and other such measures that can be employed to deal with such occurrences. None of the laws made provision for even arrest, not to talk of indefinite detention.

“Resort to Police in the first place is an attempt to intimidate, and a reinforcement of our cultural disdain for the journalist and the primitive desire to flex the ‘Do you know who I am’ syndrome, and that must be resisted at all times.

“If the Minister needed good advice, I know enough lawyers around him who would have given him good advice even for free sef. We must not tolerate anyone using the Police to prolong the culture of brutality on any Nigerian particularly now that the #EndSARS protests have brought to the fore, the need to reform our pitiable Police department.

“I know the Minister is a Prince and Princes are not used to people messing around with them, but we are in a democracy, not a monarchy. The Minister should immediately free Oga Tom or ask the Police to charge him before a Court of competent jurisdiction and let the Court do its work. Let Tom Oga Uhia Go! Yes to PressFreedom!”

As at the time of filing this report, the Minister was being contacted for comment.

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.

CLICK HERE

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 CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

Cross River: Pensioners Accuse Government Of Meanness, Lament Over 13 Billion Naira Gratuity

By Maxwell Effiong The Association of Cross River State Local Government Pensioners, ACRSLGP, has accused the State Government of

Read More...

Cross River/Ebonyi Crisis: Police Rescue 13 Year Old Girl

By CrossRiverWatch Admin The Cross River State Police Command has rescued a 13 year-old girl, Miss Precious Nwoji who

Read More...

#EndSARS: Cross River State Government Should Talk Less, Listen More – Nkoyo Toyo

By Anietie Akpan, Guardian Newspaper October 23 and 24, 2020 has gone down in history as a disaster in

Read More...

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now