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Nigerian Journalist Agba Jalingo granted bail after 175 days of unlawful detention and unfair trial



A Nigerian Journalist Agba Jalingo has been granted bail in Calabar after a prolonged and unjust illegal incarceration by Gov. Ben Ayade in cahoots with the Nigeria's AGF Abubakar Malami.

Agba Jalingo was granted bail of N10million. A federal high court in Calabar Thursday granted bail to the detained journalist Agba Jalingo.Justice Sule Shuaibu granted the bail after Cross Rivers State Government reverted to the initial; charges of terrorism

Former AAC presidential candidate Omyele Sowore who is also one of the vitims of the Major Gen.Muhammadu  Buhari's dictatorialism confirmed in a tweet that the court has granted Agba's bail application.

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Agba Jalingo has been granted bail in Calabar after a prolonged unjust incarceration by Gov. Ben Ayade in cahoots with the AGF Abubakar Malami.


Agba was first arraigned on August 22, 2019 after he published a story on how Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, allegedly approved and diverted N500 million meant for the state’s microfinance bank.

Jalingo was charged with conspiracy, terrorism, treasonable felony and an attempt to topple the state government., He was granted bail on Thursday following an application from Attah Ochinke, his lawyer.

The court ruled that those standing as surety for the journalist would make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to the court registry to perfect the bail.

He was earlier denied bail on two occasions by Simon Amobeda, another judge, who was caught in a leaked audio saying the journalist’s life was in his hands.

After the recording was made public, Jalingo asked the chief judge of the federal high court to reassign his case.

Amobeda later recused himself from the matter following allegations of a lack of fair trial by the journalist.

Ayade denied involvement in the trial of Jalingo, but said the federal government was behind the journalist’s case over his involvement in the #RevolutionNow protest by Omoyele Sowore.

Two non governmental organisations, Amnesty International (AI) and Socio-Economic Right Campaign Project (SERAP) welcomed the release an  bail granted to the Journalist with calls on Nigerian Federal Government and Cross River govt. to drop all the bogus charges of of Terrorism,Treason and Cybercrime against the Journalist.

SERAP said the court’s decision to grant bail to Agba Jalingo provides Nigerian authorities and Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade a golden opportunity to do the right thing: drop these bogus charges and allow all journalists in Nigeria to operate safely and freely.

Under Buhari led federal government, fragrant disregards for rules of law and fundamental human rights in the face of the numerous failures of the government in socio-economic and security grounds have rendered the Nigerian citizens the subjects of oppression both in the hands of Buhari government that determined to silence the decent opinions and criminal terrorists killing in many parts of the country.

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