The International Press Center, Lagos has denounced the growing crackdown on freedom of expression following the continuing molestation of journalists and the Media by security agencies
A press release by The Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) dated August 22, 2019 says that Agba Jalingo — Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of CrossRiverWatch — was criminally whisked away from Lagos to Calabar over a recent invitation extended to him by the police command in the state over a publication about the Cross River State Microfinance bank, a matter over which both parties had agreed to meet on Monday August 26, 2019.
IPC Director, Lanre Arogundade, has condemned the arrest, noting that detaining a reporter for doing their job of informing the public is an abuse of power and human rights violations. He also condemned the fact that Mr Jalingo has been held for more than 48 hours without being charged to court
A statement signed by IPC’s Programme Officer, Melody Akinjiyan,Says the Centre calls for his immediate release while in the alternative he should be charged to court to enable him to defend the allegations against him.