Agba Jalingo, a rights activist and newspaper publisher has been arrested by police in Calabar, Cross River State, ahead of the nationwide protest on June 12.
Cross River Watch reported that Agba was arrested at the police headquarters in Calabar on Friday June 11, where he went to honour an invitation by the Commissioner of Police in the State, Kayode Sikiru.
It was gathered that he was invited by the police to discuss the planned nationwide June 12 protest which he was said to be coordinating in the state. After the discussion ended, he was reportedly referred to another officer who informed him that the police had received a petition of him being an arms dealer.
Police spokesperson in Cross River State, Irene Ugbo said;
“There was a petition against him that he is a member of drug dealers, so we called him to question him.
“He is still writing his stuff (response to the petition). When he finishes we’ll let him go if we find him not wanting.”
Agba had earlier been arrested and arraigned in court by the Cross River state government after he published an article in 2020, alleging that Governor Ben Ayade could not account for N500 million belonging to the Cross River State Government. He was accused then of terrorism and treasonable felony.