29.1 C

Ben Ayade’s in-law behind Agba Jalingo’s arrest – Report




A PETITION by Elizabeth Ayade, sister-in-law to Cross River State governor Ben Ayade, led to the arrest of a journalist Agba Jalingo, according to a report by Cross River Watch.

Jalingo is the publisher of Cross River Watch.

According to the report, Elizabeth Ayade claimed that Jalingo wrote a defamatory article about her and demanded N500 million as compensation.


Why we arrested Agba Jalingo in Lagos – FCT Police Command

Agba Jalingo: ECOWAS Court awards N30m against Buhari govt for torturing journalist

June 12: Police arrest Agba Jalingo over petition

- Advertisement -

The report said a letter served on August 14 gave Jalingo two weeks to delete the article, or redress would be sought in court.

But Jalingo was arrested on Friday, five days after, by security operatives who laid siege to his residence for hours.

According to Facebook posts by Jalingo on Friday, his wife and daughter were held hostage by the policemen who came into Lagos from Abuja to secure his arrest.

“I don’t know who sent the police, but they have held my wife and daughter hostage downstairs. I don’t feel safe,” he noted in one of the posts.

Cross River Watch also reported that hours after the siege on Jalingo’s residence, a staff of the media house was chased into the office promises by a grey Toyota Corolla with tinted glasses.

Jalingo had reported that a law lecturer at the University of Calabar being tried by a court in Abuja for examination malpractice had been sitting exams for a “prominent Obudu woman”.

In August 2019, Jalingo was arrested based on allegations of terrorism, treasonable felony and attempts to overthrow the government by the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade.

- Advertisement -

He was remanded at the Afokang Prison in Calabar for 179 days before his release.

Jalingo was also arrested in 2021 by officials of the Cross River Police Command over a planned June 12 protest.

Author profile

Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via vopara@icirnigeria.org or @ije_le on Twitter.

Support the ICIR

We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.


If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.



PVCs collection starts December 12, include weekends – INEC

THE Independent National Electoral Commission says the collection of Permanent Voter Cards will be...

Amid dwindling oil revenue, non-oil sector contributes 73% to FG’s account – Finance Minister

THE Federal Government has lauded the non-oil sector for contributing 73 per cent to...

Qatar 2022: Ghana’s penalty woes return, but Uruguay still fall short

ANOTHER crucial penalty miss paved the way for Ghana's group-stage exit. In 2010, the Black...

Nasarawa employs 300 health workers after ICIR’s reports

THE Nasarawa State Government has employed 300 health workers to boost primary healthcare services...

Ekiti to establish special courts to end gender-based violence – Governor’s wife

WIFE of Ekiti State Governor, Olayemi Oyebanji, has said that gender courts will be...

Most Read


Subscribe to our newsletter