June 12 Protest: Police Arrest Journalist, Lawyer & Scatter Protesters In Cross River State.
The Police and other security agencies in Cross River have dispersed protesting youths in the state. According to some reports making headlines, some youths in marking the June 12 democracy day, gathered at the 11- 11 roundabout, the freedom field, IBB roundabout, and the Efio- Ete junction as well as at Marian Road to protest but were dispersed by security men.
At the time of filing this report, there was no protest whatsoever in the state and residents moved about their daily businesses without molestation.
However, there are reports that the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo, and human rights lawyer, James Ibor were arrested on Saturday in connection with the protest. Editorial staff of the CrossRiverWatch, Johnathan Benjamin said his people were within the office premises distributing flyers to motorists and others when the police came and arrested them.
” As I am speaking to you, we don’t know the whereabouts of my boss and the human rights lawyer, James Ibor” he lamented.
“James Ibor and other law- abiding citizens have been arrested by the Police for exercising their constitutional right.
“The police should remember that we all are Nigerians and not even them are spared from the actions and inactions of the current dispensation.
“We have a constitutional duty to hold to account everyone elected to lead this country.
He continued to say: “In spite of who the leader is, citizens will continue to speak against all forms of injustice, retrogression, and nepotistic tendencies”.
The police public relations officer by name Irene Igbo of the state was said to have been contacted, but she did not pick the calls.
The entire country is in serious heat right now as the citizens are tired of the way things are going in the country and the fact that the citizens had to protest sends a lot of messages to the government.
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