Agba Jalingo is not keeping quiet no matter what he had been through in the hands of the law. The journalist who was detained and recently regained freedom is back and his spitting fire.
In a TVC interview monitored by TheCable, Jalingo said Ayade vowed to lock him up after he confronted him on the N4.3 billion local government funds he allegedly used for his re-election campaign.
He told the news channel that he knew he was in trouble after Ayade bristled at his inquiry before his eventual arrest.
The journalist was charged for alleged conspiracy, terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the government of Cross River.
“It is cowardice to arrest a man and then turn around and deny you did not arrest him. I thought that he was a very courageous man. He is a professor and should be able to own up to his actions,”
“He promised he was going to arrest and lock me up long before August 22 when I was arrested, when I raised the issue of the N4.3 billion he withdrew from the local government funds to fund his campaign.
“When I asked him that question privately, he got upset with me and that was where my problem with him started. To be frank, the governor is my brother, and I supported his administration for four years. But after four years, I knew the governor did not have any direction. First and foremost, beginning with his budget titles…I knew he was not serious.”
The journalist also spoke on his experience in prison and his greatest fear following the atrocities that he has uncovered.
“I think I went on a six-month course, and I came back with a lot of experience. And on the other side, I must say that the conditions in prison are very horrifying, they are less than humane, and at the right time, we will begin to serialize our experience”
“My worst expectation was that I will be in jail for three years until Governor Ayade leaves office and I will be released. That was the worst I expected. “I am actually not afraid of going back to jail. What I am afraid of is that at every point in time, Nigerians should be able to rise up to pay the price to defend this democracy,” he added.
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