A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State has granted a Nigerian journalist and publisher, Agba Jalingo, bail to the tune of N10 million after he has spent 174 days in detention, both in the police cell and Calabar prison.
The publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Mr. Jalingo, was arrested on August 22, 2019, over a report alleging that Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state.
Justice Sule Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Calabar, on Thursday granted the journalist N10 million bail, following an application from his lawyer, Attah Ochinke.
The court asked that those standing as surety for the journalist must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.
He was earlier denied bail twice by another judge, Simon Amobeda, who recently withdrew from the case after a secret recording where he (Amobeda) allegedly made some “biased” statements against Mr. Jalingo, was leaked to the press late last year.