''A social critic and an ally of a presidential aide, Paul Ifere, has been arrested by officials of the Cross River State Police Criminal Investigation Department.
Mr. Ifere was arrested on Thursday allegedly at the premises of Police Headquarters, Abuja, while honouring an invitation on a petition he had written over plots to assassinate him.
He was reported to have been driven to Calabar, Cross River state capital where he has been detained since then.
When PREMIUM TIMES reviewed Mr. Ifere’s Facebook page, several posts critiquing the state government were seen.
The last one titled; “GOVERNOR BEN AYADE JITTERY OVER HON PAUL ADAH & PRINCE JEDY-AGBA COALITION” was posted on September 10, 2016.
The Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla, an associate of Mr. Ifere, alleged that the arrest was politically motivated as Mr. Ifere has a reputation for writing articles that expose corruption and maladministration in Cross Rivers state.