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Police ask activist, Jalingo, to appear today after release on bail

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
22 August 2022   |   2:43 am
FCT police spokesman, DSP Josephine Adeh, who disclosed his arrest, said: “On Saturday, August 20, 2022, Agba Jalingo was arrested by state Criminal Investigation Department operatives in response

[FILES] Agba Jalingo

The FCT Command of the Nigeria Police has confirmed the release on bail of journalist and activist, Agba Jalingo.

FCT police spokesman, DSP Josephine Adeh, who disclosed his arrest, said: “On Saturday, August 20, 2022, Agba Jalingo was arrested by state Criminal Investigation Department operatives in response to a petition filed against him by one Elizabeth Frank Ayade.

“He was arrested over a false allegation, claiming she paid one Mr. Pascal to write an examination for her at law school. Upon receipt of this petition, we went ahead to invite Mr. Agba Jalingo, but he refused to come, leaving the police no option but to secure an arrest warrant, which was why he was arrested in Lagos.”

“The investigation is currently ongoing and the unravelled facts will be communicated subsequently.”

He has so far been released to return to the command on Monday (today).

Reacting to alleged pressure by the media community to release Jalingo, a police source said: “The police were not compelled to release him. There was no succumbing to pressure. The police did what was expected in line with standard best practices.

“He was granted administrative bail. He naturally ought not to be arrested. An invitation would have been enough. But a warrant of arrest was obtained following his refusal to oblige the invitation.”