Posted by GRANDNEWS | 13 February 2020 | 61 times
For Agba Jalingo, a Nigerian journalist on trial for treason, it is a moment of respite as he was granted bail by the court on Thursday, after spending five months in detention in both the police cell and Calabar prison.
Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22, 2019, over a report alleging that Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state.
Justice Sule Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Calabar, on Thursday granted the journalist N10 million bail, following an application from his lawyer, Attah Ochinke.
The court asked that those standing as surety for the journalist must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.
Mr Jalingo was earlier denied bail twice by another judge, Simon Amobeda.
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