IPC Demands Release of Publisher, Cross River Watch

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By: Joy Odor/Abuja

The International Press Center (IPC), Lagos has called for immediate release of Mr. Agba Jalingo, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of CrossRiverWatch who was criminally whisked away from Lagos to Calabar by security agency August 22, 2019.

The IPC Director, Mr Lanre Arogundade in a statement Signed by Melody Akinjiya, the Program Officer/Safety Alert Desk Officer, IPC condemned the arrest; noting that detaining a reporter for doing their job of informing the public is an abuse of power and human Rights violation.

He also condemned the fact that Mr. Jalingo has been held for more than forty –eight hours without been charged to court

According to him, while in the alternative Mr. Jalingo should be charged to court to enable him defend the allegations against him

Mr. Arogundade denounced the growing crackdown on freedom of expression following the continuing molestation of journalists and the Media by security agencies.

It would be recalled that in a Press release by The Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) dated August 22, 2019, Mr. Agba Jalingo, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of CrossRiverWatch was criminally whisked away from Lagos to Calabar over recent invitation extended to him by the police command in the state over a publication about the Cross River State Microfinance bank, a matter which both parties agreed to meet on Monday August 26, 2019.

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