The International Press Center, Lagos, has condemned the continued detention of Publisher of CrossRiverWatch online newspaper, Agba Jalingo.
The police arrested Jalingo last Thursday in Lagos for publishing an article revealing how Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, approved and diverted N500m for Cross River Micro-Finance Bank.
IPC also denounced the growing crackdown on freedom of expression following the continued molestation of journalists and the media by security agencies.
In a statement by its director, Lanre Arogundade, IPC said, “The detention of the journalist for doing his job of informing the public is an abuse of power and human rights violation.”
Speaking further, Arogundade condemned Jalingo’s detention for more than 48 hours without being charged to court, adding that he should be released immediately.