A Nigerian journalist Agba Jalingo on trial for treason has been granted bail by the court, after spending 174 days in detention.
Mr 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 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.
Mr Jalingo was earlier denied bail twice by another judge, Simon Amobeda, who recently withdrew from the case.
Mr Jalingo’s case is prosecuted by the Cross River government which took over the case from the police.
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