June 21, 2024

Agba Jalingo freed from police detention in Abuja


Human rights activist, Agba Jalingo, has been released from police detention in Abuja.

Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, made the announcement on his verified Facebook page.

Policemen from the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Friday had stormed Jalingo’s residence, Channels Television had reported.

He was later transferred to Abuja via the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja on Saturday.

Speaking with Channels Television in a telephone chat shortly after the flight, his wife, Mrs Jalingo, said “They have taken him (Jalingo) to Abuja.”

When asked what the policemen said Jalingo’s offence(s) was, his wife said, “Defamation of character and infringement of integrity on Frank Ayade’s wife, the younger brother to Cross River State, Governor Ben Ayade.”

When asked about the lawyer handling the matter, she said that “Femi Falana (SAN) was in the station with us this morning and has sent his lawyers in Abuja to handle the case.”

Also, Falana, in a telephone chat, confirmed to Channels Television that he has taken over the case.

Jalingo, shortly before his arrest, had told Channels Television that the police officers surrounded his house and held down his wife and daughter.

The publisher of Cross River Watch was imprisoned in 2019 at the Afokang Prison in Calabar and was released on bail on February 17, 2020 after 179 days.

Jalingo, an associate of African Action Congress presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, had been arrested following an allegation of treason by the Cross River State Governor Benedict Ayade.

However, in March 2022, a Federal High Court in Calabar, dismissed the terrorism, treasonable felony, and cybercrime charges against Jalingo.

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