The International Press Center, Lagos, has condemned the arrest and detention of Agba Jalingo, publisher of CrossRiver Watch, while also demanding the immediate release of the publisher.
IPC also denounced the growing crackdown on freedom of expression following the continuing molestation of journalists and the Media by security agencies
Jalingo was arrested last Thursday by the police and 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.
IPC Director, Lanre Arogundade in a statement noted that “detaining a reporter for doing their job of informing the public is an abuse of power and human rights violation.”
Arogundade also condemned the fact that Mr Jalingo has been held for more than forty –eight hours without been charged to court.
He, therefore, called for his “immediate release while in the alternative he should be charged to court to enable him defend the allegations against him.