After 34 days in Police custody, Court orders continued detention of Agba Jalingo


A federal High Court in Calabar has ordered the continued detention journalist and rights activist, Agba Jalingo in Police custody.

Jalingo was arraigned before the court on Wednesday for conspiring to overthrow the Cross River State Government, treasonable felony and terrorism.

The journalists has however pleaded not guilty to the four charges preferred against him.

Justice Simon Amobeda in his ruling held that a counter affidavit by the prosecution filed in response to the motion for bail by the defendants counsel was added to the file on Wednesday morning and has not been reviewed.

However, after a brief discussion with the Clerk of the Court Justice Amobeda ruled that Jalingo be remanded at the Afokang prison center in Calabar.

He adjourned the case to Thursday, September 26, 2019.

The charges emanated from an article published by Jalingo about the Cross River State Microfinance Bank, in which he demanded an explanation into how the sum of N500m approved and released for the floating of the financial institution, was spent by the state government.

Jalingo was arrested in his Lagos residence on August 22, 2019 and remained in detention for 34 days before he was arraigned.

The Cross River State Government has been accused of being behind his ordeal, an allegation it has severally denied.

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