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Agba Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch was arrested by the Nigeria Police and charged for terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the Cross River State Government. He spent 34 days in jail before his trial started.
Mr. Jalingo published an article titled “How Ayade Approved And Diverted
N500 million for Cross River Microfinance Bank”.
He was arrested in Lagos by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team
of the Nigeria Police.
He fell sick and was rushed to the Police Clinic but was returned to the facility
where he was detained despite the doctor insisting he spends the night.
He returned to the clinic and was directed to rest in the hospital for observation.
The Police refused and took him back into detention.
Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court, Calabar denied Mr Jalingo bail.
Police filed a motion to amend charges and seek protection of witnesses.
The prosecution counsel filed for an amendment of charges & an order to protect its witnesses. The trial judge ordered the prison officers never to bring Mr Jalingo into the court premises in chains.
The officers cuffed Mr Jalingo and only removed the cuffs as soon as he stepped out of the van. The trial stalled on technical grounds as the prosecution & defense counsel could not agree on the processes filed.
Court grants leave for prosecution to mask witnesses.
The trial judge refused to grant Mr Jalingo bail on account of his ill health. He said S.161(2)(C) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) relied on by the defence counsel will only avail if the accused has been in custody for 1 year.
The case was adjourned until 6th & 7th November, 2019.