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Release Agba Jalingo immediately – IPC to Police

The International Press Centre (IPC) has called for the immediate release of journalist Agba Jalingo.

Agba Jalingo is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of CrossRiver Watch who was whisked away from his residence in Ketu, Lagos, on Friday.

IPC Safety Desk revealed that reports it obtained stated that, “a team of police personnel dispatched from Abuja stormed the home of Agba Jalingo at Alapere, Ketu in Lagos to arrest him.

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“He was yanked out and taken to the Area F Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos where he was detained until this morning and he is currently being detained at the Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, Abuja.”

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It was alleged that Jalingo committed “defamation and infringement of integrity”.

IPC Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade in a statement signed by Melody Akinjiyan, Press Freedom Officer (IPC), has condemned the arrest.

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Arogundade noted that detaining a reporter for doing his/her job amounts to nothing but abuse of power and gross violation of fundamental human rights.

He also condemned the fact that this is not the first time Jalingo is being detained, as this was the case in 2019 when a similar arrest led to his detention for over 140 days over spurious terrorism charges.

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While calling for his immediate release, IPC recommended that alternatively, he should be charged to court soonest to enable him to enforce his fundamental right to freedom.

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