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Journalist Accused Of Hitting Ayade Granted Bail After 174 Days

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By Ayodele Oluwafemi

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar has granted bail to Agba Jalingo, a journalist, after spending 174 days in detention for charges in treason.

Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, 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,  on Thursday, granted N10 million bail to Jalingo following an application from his lawyer, Attah Ochinke.

The court asked those standing as surety for Jalingo to pay a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.

Jalingo had been twice denied bail by another judge, Simon Amobeda.

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