Thursday, 29 August 2019

Jalingo Vs Agbonlahor: C/River Gov't, Police to expand cell, prison walls for more dissenters

29 August 2019 

The Government of Cross River State and the Cross River Command of the Nigerian Police are most likely to collaborate in expanding the receptive capacity of their detention facilities NEGROIDHAVEN can say authoritatively. 

This is coming on the heels of the increased call for the release of journalist Agba Jalingo who is in police detention for his reported involvement in the #RevolutionIsNow protest inspired by AAC presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections and political activist Omoyele Sowore. 

Comrade Anthony Bissong Attah a civil society leader in the state and writing from Etomi in Etung Wednesday said 'I urge government and Nigerian Police Force to expand the Cell/Prison walls to accommodate as many people as possible since that's the best destination for dissenters. We are ready to experience what others have passed through to birth a better society.' 

Writing earlier through his social media account he continued, 'Cross River State is arguably the current national headquarters of stomach infrastructure initiative. This policy is deliberately intended to gather many youths together, sap their intellectual energy by relegating them to the crumbs that has been christened 'Food on the table'.

'The result of this sociopolitical fraud has manifested in the dearth of activists in the state. Expectedly, the fear of bad 'table manners' is the beginning of wisdom. It is only those that have resolved to sacrifice the enticement of 'political pottage' served by government that dares to raise their voice/s against the ills of government.

'The forgoing situation has been further exacerbated by the Governor's seeming determination to bury the few remaining activists in the state. The threat and intimidation that greets any anti government opinion has assumed an unaccustomed dimension. Police Cells/Prisons are now the new abodes of people who question obnoxious government policies.

'According to John Pepper Clark in his phenomenal poem, 'The Casualties', A cell is a cruel place, sometimes a haven...'

The unlawful detection of Jalingo beyond 48 hours by the police has assumed national limelight as national news televisions have began reporting the incident. 

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