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Treasonable Felony Trial: Agba Jalingo Returns To Court

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar has adjourned till March 21, 2021, the hearing of the case of Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, who is facing prosecution by the cross River State government for libel and treasonable felony.

Recall that Agba Jalingo, Publisher of Cross River Watch, was arrested on August 22, 2019, following a report he published on July 12, 2019, questioning the whereabouts of N500m approved for the establishment of Cross River State Microfinance Bank. 

In the article, Jalingo said the micro-finance bank had been rendered non-functional as money earmarked to start its operation was not released.

Before his arrest, he was invited by the police after receiving a petition by the bank stemming from his report. 

Jalingo now faces a four-count charge of treasonable felony, libel, terrorism, and attempt to overthrow the Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade, and President Muhammadu Buhari.