Monday, 26 August 2019

Jalingo's arrest: Your approach is unprofessional, Odidi blast C'river CP

By Ukorebi Esien 

A social commentator and development expert based in Atlanta Gorgia, Mr. Princewill Odidi has expeessed  dismay ans disappiontement over the way and manner the Cross River State commissioner of Police Mr. Austin Agbonlahor went about the arrest of Mr. Agba Jalingo, publisher of Cross River Watch. 

In a statement made available on his Facebook account, Odidi said the police boss in the state acted unprofessionally in his method of arrest of the embattled journalist calling on the public to condemn such act.

The Boki born development guru who said he had long hoped see a better Nigeria but his dream is daily been drifted backwards by the likes of Agbonlahor whom he said should have been more civil by approaching a court of competent jurisdiction for a warrant of arrest should Jalingo had failed to honor the invitation for interrogation. 

"The Commissioner of Police in CRS acted very unprofessionally with the manner the publisher of Cross River Watch was abducted from his home in Lagos before his family.  If you invited a citizen to appear before you for questioning regarding a matter, if he does not show up you approach a court of competent jurisdiction through a prosecutor to seek a warrant of arrest. 

A more civilized Commissioner should have even given him another opportunity to appear for the interrogation before resorting to public arrest. Agbas matter by all known standard is a civil matter, why employ such crude methods of arrest? Why act like thugs in uniforms? The Police in CRS have proven to be very unprofessional and the Commissioner acted very uncivilized". He lamented.

Odidi used the opportynity to join the call by well meaning citizens for the immediate release of Agba Jalingo and possibly sue the Nigerian Police Force for unlawful arrest and detention. 

"I join all good spirited Cross Riverians to request for the immediate release of Mr Jalingo.  I think it is time the citizens start taking the Police to Court and charging them for unlawful arrest and detention. The crude actions of the Commissioner is condemned in its totality. 

"What happens to the phrase "innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction? The action of the Commissioner smirks bad taste. We should all condemn it". He concluded.