Agba Jalingo regains freedom after 5 months in prison
The publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo, regained his freedom after perfecting his bail conditions and spending 6 months in prison.
Jalingo who was granted a N10 million bail by a federal high court in Calabar, was released today February 17 following an application from his lawyer, Attah Ochinke.
The court also asked that those standing as surety for Jalingo must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to the court registry to perfect the bail.
Nigerian lawyer, First Baba Isa who shared a photo of him driving the journalist out from prison wrote; The joy of going to the Calabar Prisons and driving out with Agba Jalingo as a free man… Oh what a joy .
Recall Jalingo was arrested on August 22,2019 over a report charged with conspiracy, terrorism, treasonable felony and an attempt to topple the state government after he published a story of how Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River allegedly approved and diverted N500 million meant for the state’s microfinance bank.