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Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Tobbydhayor90: 9:12am On Feb 09
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the government of Nigeria and Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade to ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja “over the prolonged, arbitrary detention; unfair prosecution; persecution, and sham trial of journalist Agba Jalingo.”

Jalingo, who is the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22 over a report alleging that Mr Ayade diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/10/2020 filed last week at the ECOWAS Court, SERAP is arguing that: “The sole objective of the government of Nigeria and the Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade is to perpetually keep Agba Jalingo in arbitrary detention and to silence him simply for expressing critical views and carrying out his legitimate job as journalist.”

According to the suit: “This is not the first time the government of Nigeria and the Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade have taken actions to intimidate, harass and suppress journalists through the instrumentality of trumped-up charges and use of overly broad and unjust laws, including section 24 of Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act, 2015, which provides for the offence of cyber-stalking.”

The suit filed on SERAP’s behalf by its solicitor Kolawole Oluwadare, states: “the government of Nigeria and Cross-River state government are using vague laws that give officials massive discretion to undermine human rights. They are punishing Agba Jalingo and other journalists and silencing them for their reporting, thereby undermining Nigerians’ right to information, to public participation, to open and democratic governance in the country.”

The suit read, in part: “If freedom of expression and media freedom are to have true meaning in a democracy, these rights necessarily must include the freedom to criticize the government and its functionaries. Indeed, the idea of a democracy is that the people are encouraged to express their criticisms, even their wrong-headed criticisms, of elected government institutions, in the expectation that this process will improve the process of government.”

“The harassment, intimidation, unfair prosecution and arbitrary detention of Agba Jalingo simply for exercising his human rights violate Nigeria’s international human rights obligations, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which the country is a state party.”

“Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and full enjoyment of this right is central to achieving individual freedom and to developing democracy. It is not only the cornerstone of democracy, but indispensable to a thriving civil society”

“In circumstances of public debate concerning public figures in the political domain and public institutions, the value placed by human rights treaties upon uninhibited expression is particularly high.”

“The government of Nigeria and the Cross-River state government of governor Ben Ayade have via the charges of terrorism and treason and denial of bail to Agba Jalingo, violated and continued to breach his human rights.”

“SERAP contends that Agba Jalingo is being unfairly prosecuted because of his reporting in his online news outlet, Cross River Watch, which alleged that the Cross Rivers State Governor diverted the sum of N500 Million, belonging to the Cross-River Micro Finance Bank.”

“On 22nd August 2019, the Nigeria Police, through its special anti-robbery squad arrested Agba Jalingo. On 23rd August 2019, Mr. Jalingo was transferred to a detention facility run by the anti-cult and anti-kidnapping police in Calabar, the capital of Nigeria’s southern Cross River state and was held there for days before his arraignment on 31st August, 2019.”

SERAP is seeking the following reliefs:

1. A DECLARATION that the actions by the government of Nigeria and the Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade to continue to arbitrarily detain and unfairly prosecute Agba Jalingo using the Cybercrimes Act, sections 41 & 59 of Nigeria’s Criminal Code Act and sections 1 & 17 (2)(a)&(b) of the Terrorism (Prevention, Amendment) Act, violate his human rights, as guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

2. A DECLARATION that the arbitrary detention and unfair prosecution of Agba Jalingo by the government of Nigeria and the Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade is illegal and unlawful, as it amounts to breaches of Nigerian international obligations to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights to freedom of expression and information and media freedom, guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

3. AN ORDER directing the government of Nigeria and the Cross-River state government of governor Ben Ayade to immediately and unconditionally release Agba Jalingo and drop all charges against him, consistent with Nigeria’s international human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

4. AN ORDER directing directing the government of Nigeria and the Cross-River state government of governor Ben Ayade and/or their agents to provide Agba Jalingo with effective remedies and reparation, including adequate compensation, restitution, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition

5. FOR SUCH FURTHER orders as the Honorable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of this suit.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.
http://serap-nigeria.org/serap-drags-fg-cross-river-to-ecowas-court-over-sham-trial-of-agba-jalingo.ngo/

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by ochuski(m): 9:15am On Feb 09
i wantu get this straight.... so a body established by the govt is suing the govt.


Mado!

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by AlhajiImam: 9:17am On Feb 09
Politics in Nigeria is full of hypocrisy. People commit crime and go scot free. We need sharia law to put an end to all these corruption. It's the only way to sanitize this country

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Optional09: 11:01am On Feb 09
AlhajiImam:
Politics in Nigeria is full of hypocrisy. People commit crime and go scot free. We need sharia law to put an end to all these corruption. It's the only way to sanitize this country

Sharia law ko shagari laws ni

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by lyriclekidd(m): 11:32am On Feb 09
Okay

Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by ignis: 11:33am On Feb 09
Impunity everywhere.

This is military regime in the guise of democracy.

Like Buhari like Governors.

God deliver Nigeria from this calamity.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by AmazingDesigns: 11:33am On Feb 09
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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by InsightsFx: 11:33am On Feb 09
They Keep Dragging

I Keep Earning

Let's See Who Wins grin grin

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Osidazz19: 11:34am On Feb 09
Optional09:


Sharia law ko shagari laws ni


grin grin grin

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Osidazz19: 11:34am On Feb 09
K

This guy has been locked up for so long yet no big noise about it. If he was locked up by Buhari or anyone close to Buhari, the noise and wailing from the usual corners would have been deafening by now.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by blinking001(m): 11:35am On Feb 09
God bless Governor Ayade.
Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Splashme: 11:36am On Feb 09
Aw
Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Mezux(m): 11:36am On Feb 09
No wonder the government wants to regulate social media.. Buhari... you're not doing well oo
Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Karlese(m): 11:36am On Feb 09
Ok
Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Pidginwhisper: 11:37am On Feb 09
This SERAP don drag everything/everybody drag able to court even buhari but how many case dem don win or the person dem drag turn up for court?

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by myHealer: 11:37am On Feb 09
Okay, what happened to him
Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by aminusodiq(m): 11:40am On Feb 09
May God save us frm dis nxt level tongue shocked shocked

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by mrZENographer: 11:43am On Feb 09
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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by OakConsultNG: 11:45am On Feb 09
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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by armzyville(m): 11:46am On Feb 09
Even your Sharia law is loopsided. It favours the Elites and punishes the poor... Go practice it with your gullible northerners...

[Qquote author=AlhajiImam post=86499903]Politics in Nigeria is full of hypocrisy. People commit crime and go scot free. We need sharia law to put an end to all these corruption. It's the only way to sanitize this country [/quote]

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Confirmedzombie: 11:46am On Feb 09
The FG should as a matter of urgency introduce sharia court in the South South and South East.

This is the only reputable court in Nigeria that can fight impunity and corruption.

It is the only court that can reset the brains of ipobs and our ibo brothers and kill the hatred in there hearts.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by chuksanambra: 11:46am On Feb 09
ochuski:
i wantu get this straight.... so a body established by the govt is suing the govt.

Mado!

So, SERAP was established by the government?

Your stupidity tie gele.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by FrLukas(m): 11:46am On Feb 09
Thank you SERAP.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by chuksanambra: 11:46am On Feb 09
AlhajiImam:
Politics in Nigeria is full of hypocrisy. People commit crime and go scot free. We need sharia law to put an end to all these corruption. It's the only way to sanitize this country

Sani Ahmed Yerima was the first Governor to promulgate Sharia law in his poverty-stricken state of Zamfara. Did it stop him from stealing from his poor state?

The states with Sharia are the most badly governed.

The problem is not Sharia, the problem is that those to enforce the Sharia law are themselves thieves. So, even Sharia can't cure the general madness in Nigeria.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by FrLukas(m): 11:48am On Feb 09
aminusodiq:
May God save us frm dis nxt level tongue shocked shocked

prisoners of conscience!!!

Check my soggy to get a realistic pencil drawing of ur loved ones. 20% discount till Feb. 13th!!!
Awaiting ur orders via my watzapp link!! grin grin

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by 9jamag(m): 11:48am On Feb 09
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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Stalwert: 11:49am On Feb 09
ignis:
Impunity everywhere.

This is military regime in the guise of democracy.

Like Buhari like Governors.

God deliver Nigeria from this calamity.


Governor Ayade's name is not Governors, you PDP failures should be able to address your erring members by their first name, instead of mentioning Buhari in a case that clearly is at the behest of the Governor Ayade who is accusing the Jalingo of trying to overthrow his government through fake news. Common decency demands you call out Ayade name before anyone's name, but instead you cowardly out of your default settings to malign Buhari when people you lick their feets are involved in an issue.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by FrLukas(m): 11:51am On Feb 09
AlhajiImam:
Politics in Nigeria is full of hypocrisy. People commit crime and go scot free. We need sharia law to put an end to all these corruption. It's the only way to sanitize this country

That is why you should support the actualisation of the Islamic Republic of Northern Nigeria.

Then you can have all the Sharia law you want all by yourself.

You won't be in the same country with infidels from the Southern part of Nigeria.

Think about that.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Whada: 11:57am On Feb 09
Pidginwhisper:
This SERAP don drag everything/everybody drag able to court even buhari but how many case dem don win or the person dem drag turn up for court?

If you want to destroy a structure you'll be foolish to think one hit will bring it down and you'll be more foolish to stop hitting because the first set of hits didn't bring the structure down. The saying "the last straw that broke the camel's back" is very deep. It means if you keep piling up straws on the camel's back without giving up, it will eventually break. That's what the current system in Nigeria needs. Concerted, consistent, effort on all sides.

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Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by ArmaniUhuru: 11:58am On Feb 09
AlhajiImam:
Politics in Nigeria is full of hypocrisy. People commit crime and go scot free. We need sharia law to put an end to all these corruption. It's the only way to sanitize this country




Kip kwayet you religious bigot.

How come islamic nations with sharia laws are the problems of the world?

Confirmedzombie:
The FG should as a matter of urgency introduce sharia court in the South South and South East.

This is the only reputable court in Nigeria that can fight impunity and corruption.

It is the only court that can reset the brains of ipobs and our ibo brothers and kill the hatred in there hearts.


With all your sharia courts, crime rates in the north is still the highest. Una too mumu
Re: Agba Jalingo: SERAP Drags FG, Cross River To ECOWAS Court by Whada: 11:59am On Feb 09
Confirmedzombie:
The FG should as a matter of urgency introduce sharia court in the South South and South East.

This is the only reputable court in Nigeria that can fight impunity and corruption.

It is the only court that can reset the brains of ipobs and our ibo brothers and kill the hatred in there hearts.


A court is only as good as the people running it.

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