200 Views

Court Denies Journalist, Agba Jalingo Bail

The Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, has denied a journalist and human right activist, Agba Jalingo, bail.

Justice Simon Amobeda ruled that the charges against Mr Jalingo were grave with one carrying capital punishment.

Mr Jalingo, the publisher of the online CrossRiverWatch, has been in prison in Calabar. He is charged with treason over a report about an alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

The journalist arrived at the court premises at about 9:18 a.m. in a green coloured van belonging to the Calabar Prison. He was surrounded by four prison officers.

Mr Jalingo wore a black T-shirt with the inscription “Journalism Is Not A Crime”, a blue jeans trousers, and a flip-flop.

Mr Jalingo, handcuffed to another inmate, was led into the courtroom by the prison officials.

Attah Ochinke, the lead counsel to the incarcerated journalists, on Wednesday, pleaded with the court to grant him bail on grounds that he was determined to go through his trial, and, therefore, would not jump bail. He also pleaded that the journalist should be admitted to bail on health ground.

The prosecution counsel, Dennis Tarhemba, had opposed the bail application.

Jalingo was Arrested on August 22, spent 34 days in detention before he was arraigned on September 25.

Jalingo recently released some prison notes, admonishing the people of Cross River state to remain steadfast in the struggle against “dictatorship”.

He said in the notes that he is ready to go through his travails faithfully, with the belief that victory and glory await him in the end.

One final assurance that I give to my people of Cross River, in particular, is that ‘we will overcome that dictator in Peregrino house”, Mr Jalingo wrote.

“Dictatorship has never defeated goodwill and a determined people. Even if I end up not standing with you in the summit, remain strong and be rest assured that the arc of life is on our side and we will win.

“When this wind has finished blowing yonder, and it shall soon; we will look back and be glad we stuck our necks on the guillotine and history will only be fair to us, our people shall be free, the will of God would have been done and God’s name will be glorified.”

16 Comments

  1. excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  2. I simply want to say I am just very new to blogs and absolutely savored you’re web blog. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your site . You definitely come with amazing article content. Thanks a lot for revealing your web-site.

  3. I just want to say I’m newbie to blogging and really liked you’re web blog. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You surely have excellent writings. Thank you for sharing your web-site.

  4. I simply want to say I am newbie to blogs and truly savored this blog site. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You definitely have good article content. With thanks for revealing your website page.

  5. I just like the valuable information you supply to your articles. I will bookmark your blog and take a look at once more right here regularly. I am relatively sure I will learn lots of new stuff proper right here! Best of luck for the following!|

  6. Hello there, I discovered your blog via Google even as searching for a related topic, your site came up, it appears to be like great. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  7. Hello there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.|

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*