By CrossRiverWatch Admin
A Federal High Court sitting in Nigeria’s Southern port city of Calabar presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda today (Thursday) has adjourned to 2nd October 2019 to continue hearing on the case against the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Citizen Agba Jalingo.
Jalingo is facing charges of terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the Cross River State Government.
He pleaded not guilty to the four charges against him which has also been condemned by dozens of organizations.
Justice Amobeda on several occasions cautioned both Counsels of rigmaroling and distractions.
He adjourned to Wednesday 2nd October 2019 to allow both the Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Denis Terhemba, a Deputy Superintendent of Police respond to a further affidavit in support of bail by Jalingo’s Counsel.
Jalingo was arrested in his Lagos residence on August 22, 2019 and remained in detention for 34 days before he was arraigned.
He was invited by the Police command in Cross River State over a petition that an article he wrote on the State’s Microfinance bank had affected it’s business negatively. The interview which was billed for August 19th was rescheduled for August 26th and later September 3, 2019.
Jalingo had, in the article, queried the whereabouts of the NGN500 million approved and released by the Cross River State government for the floating of that bank.
The Spokesman to Governor Benedict Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita had claimed in an interview with Premium Times, that Jalingo’s arrest was based on his participation in the #RevolutionNow movement. He later told Love FM that the State was been fingered because it was the easiest thing to do.
See extract of the affidavit;
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