ECOWAS Court Awards N30Million Against FG For Torturing Journalist, Agba Jalingo
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court in Abuja has awarded N30 million against President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for its ill-treatment of journalist, Agba Jalingo.
The judgment was delivered on Friday following a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on behalf of Jalingo.
Jalingo is still facing four counts of treasonable felony, terrorism, cultism and attempt to overthrow Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River and President Buhari.
Jalingo was arrested on the orders of the governor on August 22, 2019, after he raised questions on the whereabouts of N500 million meant for the establishment of Cross River Microfinance Bank.
He was detained arbitrarily for over four months with his fundamental human rights grossly violated during the period.
It was only on February 17, 2020, that Jalingo was released from detention after perfecting his bail condition.
Before his arrest, the police had invited him after receiving a petition by the bank stemming from his report.
Jalingo had informed the police he was out of the state and the invitation was moved to August 26, 2019. However, he was arrested by the police outside Cross River State four days before the scheduled date.
He was arrested in Lagos state, blindfolded, tortured and taken to Cross River State by road where he was handcuffed to a refrigerator.