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February 11, 20203min630

As Agba Jalingo, Publisher of Cross River Watch continues to be in detention on account of corruption reports made against Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, the wife has alleged her life is under serious threats.

The wife of the detained journalist, Violet Agba Jalingo, made this allegation of her life being under threat on Tuesday, pointing out that even the life other children were  under threat.

He appealed to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay to intervene in the release of her husband.

Reacting to his continuous detention, his wife, Violet Agba who is from Delta State, said her life and that of her children are being threatened since the arrest of her husband in August 2019.

Mrs. Agba in a series of tweets on her twitter handle @violetAgba said: “My husband #FreeAgbaJalingo has been in Calabar prison for 6 months for exposing corruption in Cross River state please help me sir @ProfOsinbajo and PACAC.

“Help me, sirs.  Our life is threatened since August 22, 2019, we have been running from pillar to post.”

Agba Jalingo who was arrested on August 22 over a report alleging that the governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, diverted N500million belonging to the state, has remained in detention without bail.

Sources said Ayade had vowed never to have the young journalist released but the governor few weeks ago denied he had anything to do with Mr Jalingo, during his visit to State House in Abuja.

Agbo without proper legal representation was subsequently remanded at the Calabar correctional facility after Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court, Calabar, denied him bail.

Many groups and individuals have condemned the act of the governor, including SERAP that has sued the governor and the federal government.

SERAP in a tweet said, “We’ve dragged the Nigerian government & Cross-River state govt. of gov Ben Ayade to ECOWAS Court of Justice over the arbitrary detention, persecution & sham trial of journalist Agba Jalingo.

“The authorities’ sole objective is to keep him in detention & to silence him.”

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