Jalingo’s con­tin­ued de­ten­tion a dis­trac­tion, Seadogs tell Ayade

The Punch - - NEWS - Mu­di­aga Affe

THe Cross River State chap­ter of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Seadogs on Wednesday called the at­ten­tion of Gov­er­nor Ben Ayade to the con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of a jour­nal­ist, Mr Agba Jalingo, say­ing it would dis­tract the gov­ern­ment.

The as­so­ci­a­tion, in a state­ment by its chap­ter Pres­i­dent, Sir Mau­rice Ibok, ap­pealed to the gov­er­nor to con­sider in­ter­ven­ing in the mat­ter with a view to re­leas­ing the de­tained Pub­lisher of Cross­river­watch, an on­line news plat­form.

Jalingo was ar­rested in La­gos on Au­gust 22, 2019, and re­manded at the cor­rec­tional cen­tre in Cal­abar af­ter be­ing charged for trea­son without any progress in his trial.

But Ibok, who com­mended the gov­er­nor for suc­cess­fully in­au­gu­rat­ing the State ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil mem­bers, said the gov­ern­ment needed to carry out its se­ri­ous busi­ness of gov­er­nance without dis­trac­tion.

He said, “There is, how­ever, some fly in the oint­ment; the mat­ter of the con­tin­ued de­ten­tion of Mr Agba Jalingo. It is a mat­ter which has be­come truly wor­ri­some in sev­eral quarters and bor­ders on hu­man rights. We are con­cerned that the longer that his de­ten­tion lasts, the big­ger the risk of dis­trac­tion that your gov­ern­ment faces.

“...We are per­suaded that you do have the ca­pac­ity to in­ter­vene to bring an end to the un­nec­es­sary con­tro­versy over his con­tin­ued de­ten­tion. Such in­ter­ven­tion will cost you only the dis­trac­tion which nei­ther you, nor your gov­ern­ment needs, in the first place, and end the con­tro­versy which has hardly painted an at­trac­tive im­age.”

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