The Federal High Court, sitting in Calabar, has granted bail to the detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo.
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.
The journalist had filed a fresh application for bail at the Federal High Court, Calabar on February 13, 2019, after his case was transferred to a new judge, Sule Shuaibu.
Shuaibu had taken over the case after Simon Amobeda stepped down due to a secret recording where Amobeda allegedly made some “biased” remarks against Mr Jalingo.
Meanwhile, this new development has generated several reactions. Here are the reaction as follow bellow
The court’s decision to grant bail to Agba Jalingo provides Nigerian authorities and Cross River state government of governor Ben Ayade a golden opportunity to do the right thing: drop these bogus charges and allow all journalists in Nigeria to operate safely and freely.
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) February 13, 2020
BREAKING: Agba Jalingo Granted Bail. Thank you everyone that kept speaking on this. pic.twitter.com/KiLoXXfHnK
— Occupy PDP (@Occupypdpparty) February 13, 2020
BREAKING: Agba Jalingo has been granted bail after much pressure on Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River.
We will soften our stance on Ayade a bit.
— the Morris Monye factor (@Morris_Monye) February 13, 2020
Agba Jalingo have been granted bail after meeting bail requirement.
The thing about such detention is that they make heroes out of ordinary people.
People tend to become more popular, influencial and determined. pic.twitter.com/0czy9VLqPk
— IsaiahHermit (@IsaiahHermit) February 13, 2020
BREAKING: After spending 174 days in detention in both @PoliceNG cell & Calabar prison, Agba Jalingo has been granted bail by Justice Sule Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Calabar.#JalingoIsInnocent pic.twitter.com/cc4O3hcrbv
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) February 13, 2020
Breaking: Agba Jalingo have been granted bail in Calabar. He was unjustly incarcerated by Gov Ben Ayade of Cross River State for demanding the whereabout of the #500m naira meant for the Cross River Micro Finance project.
A people united can never be defeated!#FreeAgbaJalingo pic.twitter.com/oGp1Yy8fjX
— Towolawi Abiodun (@jamosabana) February 13, 2020