SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 05 – A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, and presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda, has denied journalist, Agba Jalingo, bail.
Jalingo was arraigned on September 25, 2019 on four count charges of treasonable felony, terrorism and attempt to topple the Cross River State Government after 34 days in police custody.
Justice Amobeda, who also threw out the preliminary objection of the prosecution counsel, held that the charges were grave with one carrying a capital punishment.
He also said that one of the grounds for which bail was applied for was health and there was no substantial evidence to prove that his health was failing.
Today’s Echo gathers that Agba Jalingo was served with a police invitation in which he was invited for an “interview” slated for 19th day of August 2019. The invitation was in respect of a publication in which he wrote that Governor Ben Ayade approved and diverted N500 million meant for a microfinance bank in Calabar.
Upon receipt of the police invitation, Jalingo reached out to the police in Calabar informing them that 19th of August wasn’t convenient to him and that there was need to reschedule the “interview”. Both parties subsequently agreed and fixed August 26th for the “interview”.
In a curious twist of event, armed policemen invaded Comrade Jalingo’s residence in Lagos on the 22nd day of August, 2019 and whisked him away in the most dehumanising fashion to Calabar, harassing his wife and staff in the process.