Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Timeline Of Jalingo’s Arrest, Incarceration And Trial

Agba Jalingo 

Mr. Jalingo had in July, published an article where he demanded the Cross River State government comes clean on the whereabouts of the NGN500 million approved and released for the floating of the Cross River Microfinance bank.

In August he was invited by the Cross River State Police command for an interview based on a petition against him bordering on his article.

The interview was first slated for August 19, 2019. It was later rescheduled for August 26th and September 3, 2019. Mr. Jalingo went public with his decision to honor the invitation.

However, he was arrested in a gestapo styled operation by Police officers in his Lagos residence on August 22, 2019. He was then driven by road to Calabar, the Cross River capital where he arrived on August 24, 2019.

He was detained for 32 more days at a police black site facility with limited access to him until his arraignment on September 25, 2019 for the hearing of his bail.

The bail hearing suffered adjournments on September 26th and October 2nd. And, on October 4th, the court in its ruling denied granting him bail. The matter was then adjourned until October 16th and 17th for commencement of trial.

The trial suffered another adjournment on October 22nd before the Court ruled on the application of the prosecution, granting it leave to protect its witnesses on the 23rd of October.

The matter was later adjourned to October 30th when Mr. Jalingo was read his amended charges. He pleaded "not guilty" to all four charges preferred against him. An oral application for bail by his counsel was also denied in the heated Court session which saw Justice Amobeda suspend hearing of the matter twice. In his ruling, Justice Amobeda adjourned to November 5th and 6th.

The Cross River State government has been fingered as the architect of his travails, an allegation the State has continuously denied and accused Time Newspapers of practicing "Gutter Journalism" after it published the list of the #OneFreePressCoalition "10 Most Urgent Cases Of Injustice Against Journalists."

Photo Gallery of Jalingo’s trial :