Governor Ayade says detained journalist tried to overthrow Buhari

Governor Ayade says detained journalist tried to overthrow Buhari

- Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state claims a detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, tried to overthrow the government of President Buhari

- The Cross River state governor dismisses the suggestion that he is behind the detention of Jalingo

- Ayade says the federal government is the one prosecuting Jalingo and not the Cross River state government

The governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade has said a Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, was detained because he tried to overthrow the government of President Buhari.

Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22, shortly after he published a story alleging that Governor Ayade diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

However, the governor on Monday, January 27, dismissed the suggestion that he was behind the detention of the journalist, noting that the federal government was the one prosecuting Jalingo and not the Cross River state government, Premium Times reports.

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Ayade said Jalingo’s detention was connected with the Omoyele Sowore’s #RevolutionNow protest.

The governor stated that Jalingo is more of a politician than a journalist. He said the accused is the chairman of Sowore’s party in Cross River state.

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Ayade, however, said he was working to secure Jalingo’s release from Calabar prison where he has been incarcerated.

In another report, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has applauded Nigeria's military and Service Chiefs for displaying unwavering commitment to end the insurgency in the country.

The coalition commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the efforts made by his administration in the fight against terrorism.

It also expressed unalloyed confidence in the President Buhari, the service chiefs, as well as the officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Meanwhile, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, January 27 said Nigeria should have harnessed the engineering and technological ingenuity that emanated from the defunct Republic of Biafra during the civil war.

Osinbajo who lamented the inability of Nigeria to leverage on the prowess of Biafran engineers stated that the defunct Project Development Agency (PRODA), Enugu would have served the purpose but it was not to be.

He expressed the regret at a town hall meeting at the National Museum, Umuahia organised by the Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership and Development to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of Nigeria civil war.

He urged Nigerians to discard the bitterness of the past and look forward to a united Nigeria.

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