Agba Jalingo

 

The Nigerian government has charged Agba Jalingo, a Cross River
State-based journalist, for terrorism while accusing him of
associating with Omoyele Sowore, a pro-democracy activist who has been
in the detention of the Department of State Services (DSS) since
August 3.

The charges were filed before a division of the federal high court in
Calabar, Cross River State.

Jalingo has been in police detention for more than a week, over a
report about an alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River
governor, has been charged with treason.

The journalist who was arrested in Lagos and whisked away to Calabar
had sued the police over his arrest and detention, which he said were
illegal and a breach of his fundamental human rights.

He asked the court to order the police to pay him N150 million as
damages for the manner he was allegedly maltreated.

Meanwhile, while no judge has yet been assigned to hear Jalingo’s
fundamental human rights case, the police have instituted a four-count
charge of treasonable felony, terrorism, cultism, and the disturbance
of public peace on the journalist

The charges against him are as follow:

COUNT 1

That you Agba Jalingo ‘m’ on or about the 2nd day of July 2019, at
about 11:30 am at No. 15 Eyo Etta street, Calabar, within the
jurisdiction of this honourable court did carry out Acts of treason
and treasonable felony by threatening through various publication on
crossriverwatch.com and social media, using  malicious publication,
instigating the people of Nigeria should stage a protest for the
removal of the Governor of Cross River state of Nigeria from office
with due process of law and thereby committed an offence punishable
under section 41 of the Criminal Code Act, cap c38, laws of the
federation of  Nigeria,2014.

Count 2

That you Agba Jalingo ‘m’ on or about the 2nd day of July 2019, at
about 10.00 am at No. 15 Eyo Etta street, Calabar, within the
jurisdiction of this honourable court did make and publish a false
statement on crossriverwatch.com and facebook.com/story page titled:
How Ayade  approved and diverted N500million for Cross River
microfinance bank’’ in order to cause alarm, hatred and disturb public
peace in Calabar, for the purpose of bringing down the reputation of
the executive governor of cross river state, His Excellency, Senator
Professor Ben Ayade and thereby committed an offence punishable order
section 59 of the criminal code act, cap c38 laws of the Federation of
Nigeria, 2004.

Count 3

That you Agba Jalingo ‘m’ ( an associate of Mr. Omoyele Sowore ) on or
about the 2nd day of July 2019 at about 11: 30 am at No. 15 Eyo Etta
street, Calabar, within the jurisdiction of the honourable court did
conspire with prince Ekanem Ekpo ‘m’ and others now at large, to
commit unlawful acts to wit: terrorism and thereby committed an
offence punishable under section 17 of the Terrorism (prevention
amendment) act, 2013.

Court 4

That you Agba Jalingo ‘m’ (an associate of Mr. Omoyele Sowore ) on or
about the 2nd  day of July 2019 at about 11: 30 am at No. 15 Eyo Etta
street, Calabar, within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, did
hold meeting with the leaders of cult groups across Cross River State,
instigate them to commence acts  of terrorism on the persons of His
Excellency , Senator  Professor Ben Ayade of cross river state and the
government to an end through various acts of violence and thereby
committed an offence punishable under section 1(2) (a) (b) of the
terrorism  (prevention amendment) act, 2013.

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