Agba Jalingo: now out of prison

Agba Jalingo, the journalist, has finally been released from Calabar Correctional Facility after meeting his bail conditions.

An activist, Inibehe Effiong confirmed his release on Monday.

Jalingo, who is the publisher of Cross River Watch, was first arrested by the police in August 2019 on the orders of Governor Ben Ayade, for accusing him of diverting N500million of state money.

He was subsequently arraigned for treason and attempting to overthrow the state government due to highly critical articles he published.

Due to his long detention, Amnesty International declared the activist as “a prisoner of conscience”.

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Last week, there were a series of protests staged in Cross River over his protracted detention.

The court, which had earlier rejected his bail applications, subsequently granted him bail last week.