NGO Throws Weight Behind CrossRiverWatch Publisher Over Cybercrime Charges, Caution FCT Police Commissioner

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By Isaac Jarigbe

Citizens Solution Network, a non-profit-making organization working against all forms of human rights violations and achieving a sane society has said the organization won’t hesitate to activate a network of international activists and media communities to gaslight all those culpable in the two-count charge preferred against human right activist – Citizen Agba Jalingo.

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,  Commissioner of Police filed a two-count charge on cybercrimes against the Editor-in-Chief of CrossRiverWatch, Citizen Agba Jalingo.

The suit with charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/565/2022 has the Commissioner of Police Abuja as the complainant states that the charge is in connection with the article Agba published about Mrs. Alami Frank Ayade; wife of the junior brother of Cross River State Governor – Sen. Ben Ayade and the embattled University of Calabar lecturer – Pascal Aboh who is currently facing trial for impersonation at Nigerian Law School resit examination in 2022.

The Country Director of Citizens Solution Network, Mr. Richard Inoyo berated the Police for taking up such an individual case instead of its core duty of protecting the life and properties of citizens.

Richard said whether it is domestic violence, social, judicial, sexual, psychological, environmental, scientific violence, or violence against women, it is important individuals must challenge all those using their positions and policy production to destabilize internal and external peace.

The statement reads in full: 

I was on my way to Enugu when I got informed that I have been accused of political violence by politicians in five States in Nigeria where the Citizens’ Solution Network is operational. Among the docket of accusations that I have been charged with, social violence is part of it. And in some extreme situations, they arranged their media attack dogs to call in on programs (radio, tv, and conferences) featuring me to claim that I am not being fair with my assessment of their contributions to social conditions. 

Sadly enough, Nigerians know what the realities are and a liter of kerosene is currently being sold for close to N1,000, something that millions of Nigerians can no longer afford, and just recently the Commissioner of Police in Abuja is leading charges against Agba Jalingo in favor of one of the relations of people in government house in Cross River State with the goal of intimidating and gagging the media space after the said family locked him up for months on frivolous charges abusing court processes using state resources without the same Commissioner of Police leading charges to enforce the fundamental right of the said investigative journalist after his rights have been publicly violated following his court victory. Double standard if you ask me.

And now, one of the members of the same family is at it again inciting the institution of colonial left police to continue the lodging of physical and psychological harm already done against Agba Jalingo. We can assure the power at bay, that both Citizens’ Solution Network and the country at large are watching and we won’t hesitate to activate a network of international activists and media communities to gaslight all those culpable in this new attempt to continue the paramilitarization of the press using judiciary corridors and the absurdity of some sections of the badly organized Nigerian cyber laws which historical observatory on human rights shows that those cyber laws were never designed to tackle crimes but to regulate free speech and promote state abuses in the name of national security pretext.

On the sideline, and just recently, a friend of mine who works in one of the federal universities in Nigeria said I am a master of inciting urban unrest to anger the government and incite the people against public authority. I was shaken by the statement the associate professor made about me. Hence, I had to take out 3 minutes to redirect her mind to the fact that, those of us asking the government to do the right things ain’t the problem here, but those public officials who are doing wrong and pretending those of us challenging the government to do the right thing in dismantling social problems are the ones inciting public protest. And that too often our statements and efforts are misrepresented by their propaganda room.

Whether it is domestic violence, social, judicial, economic, sexual, psychological,  environmental, scientific violence, or violence against women, it is important we challenge all those using their positions and policy production to destabilize internal and external peace.

In my own opinion, dysfunctional government leading political hazards and overseeing infrastructural decay and the premeditated collapse of institutions and ethical traditions remain the biggest and most formidable incitor of all forms of direct and indirect violence. Let’s hold the government to account to limit the national destruction of preservable entities. By financing advocacy being led by people like Femi Falana⁩, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo, Agba Jalingo, Ken Henshaw⁩, Tijah Boltin⁩ Akpan, ⁨Femi Aborisade⁩, Victoria Obazim-Ohaeri, Zikora Ibeh, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, and a host of activists building the vital consciousness needed to lead new essential, inclusive and accountability realities, ours which is the largest black society in the world stands a chance to create and live above acceptable standards. Get involved today, and ask the government to stop inciting public unrest through its angering policies of dysfunctionality and abnormalities coupled with frivolous charges against those asking questions and demanding accountability.

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