The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police arrested the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, a Cross River State-based newspaper, Agba Jalingo.
According to Mr Jeremiah Achibong, an editor of the paper, Mr Jalingo was arrested at his Lagos residence and taken to SARS office in Ikoyi, Lagos State. He further revealed that the journalist’s arrest was connected to the invitation of Mr Jalingo by the police in Cross River State over an alleged petition against the newspaper by a microfinance bank in Calabar.
According to the police invitation dated August 14, which Mr Achibong said the paper received on August 16, the bank and its customers had accused the newspaper of an attempt to cause a breach of the peace.
Mr Achibong told PREMIUM TIMES that the newspaper had published a story about the bank several months after the state governor, Benedict Ayade, announced the allocation of N500 million for the establishment of the bank but without any activity going on there.