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Agba Jalingo, A journalist and Human Rights Activist, Wrote a Defamatory Article.

Cursory: The police have charged Agba Jalingo under the Cybercrime Act over his publication that someone sat the law school examination for the wife of former Governor Ayade’s brother.

A former Law School Academic director, who is identified as Chinaso, on Monday, unintentionally admitted in court that there is an examination malpractice syndicate at the Nigerian Law School in Abuja.

Chinaso was in court as a witness for Elizabeth Ayade, the wife of Frank Ayade, a brother of former Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade in the case of Commissioner of Police vs Agba Jalingo.

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The witness admitted under cross-examination that the law school routinely prosecutes students and staff involved in examination malpractices.

Agba Jalingo was charged under the Cybercrime Act over his publication that someone sat the law school examination for the wife of former Governor Ayade’s brother.

SaharaReporters had reported that a frivolous petition bordering on defamation which was filed by Mrs. Elizabeth Ayade led to the arrest of Agba Jalingo in August 2022 in Lagos.

Mrs. Elizabeth Alami Ayade seeing the article on Cross River Watch where Jalingo works as a publisher, contacted her lawyers in Abuja; Uyi Frank Obayagbona & Co. Through them she wrote to Jalingo, claiming he wrote a defamatory article about her. Which after she demanded for N500 million as compensation.

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But the letter was served on August 14 with Jalingo given two weeks to delete the article and comply, or redress would be sought in court.

He took to social media to state that Mrs. Ayade had denied reports linking her to the trial of Paschal, a law lecturer at the University of Calabar. Jalingo had alleged that Mr. Paschal Aboh, who is currently being tried by a court in Abuja for alleged examination malpractice, took the examination in place of a prominent Obudu woman.

In April, it was reported by SaharaReporters that Jalingo was freed one week after being remanded at the Medium Security Custodial Center Kuje, Abuja by Justice Zainab Abubakar of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court for alleged acts of cybercrime.

Jalingo was earlier granted bail in the defamatory trial filed against him by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

But then, according to a court document obtained by SaharaReporters and filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, 2022, the police claimed the publication by the journalist against Elizabeth was false and was released for the purpose of causing her annoyance, ill will, and insult.

Hence, he was accused of committing offences punishable by Section 24 (1)b of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015, Court documents in suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/565/2022 show.

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SOURCE: SaharaReporters and ALLSCHOOL


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