Nigerian journalist and human rights activist Agba Jalingo will plead for the fourth time in his alleged prison trial on November 25 over an article he wrote in 2019.
Jalingo had spent 5 months in jail after posting a narrative about how Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River, allegedly permitted and diverted N500 million for the state microfinance financial institution.
After an outcry, Ayade denied involvement within the Jalingo trial however mentioned the Nigerian authorities was behind the journalist’s case due to his involvement within the #RevolutionNow protest led by human rights activist Omoyele Sowore.
He has been charged with conspiracy, terrorism, treason and trying to overthrow the state authorities.
The journalist was denied bail twice by Simon Amobeda, a choose who was caught on a leaked audio saying the journalist’s life was within the arms of the courtroom.
After the tape was launched, Jalingo requested the chief choose of the federal courtroom to reassign his case.
Amobeda later withdrew from the matter after the journalist alleged the shortage of a good trial.
“On Monday, the journalist will for the primary time make a plea earlier than Decide Ijeoma Ojukwu, earlier than whom he appeared 613 days after he was permitted for launch by Decide Sule Shuaibu on February 13, 2020,” SaharaReporters mentioned.
Jalingo pleaded not responsible on 4 costs introduced ahead towards him when he was first indicted on September 25, 2019. Then-prosecutor Dennis Tarhemba filed amended costs on October 11, 2019, which had been learn to him, and he pleaded not responsible.
On February 13, 2020, Legal professional Basic Tanko Ashang reverted to the August 30, 2019 generic indictments, on the suggestion of the courtroom and after the Cross River State authorities took over prosecution from the federal authorities, Jalingo learn them and he confessed not responsible.
On Monday, the case was adjourned to November 25 to permit Jalingo to begin a brand new lawsuit over amended costs filed by the state on February 28, 2020.
The courtroom additionally ordered the prosecution to serve the defendant with the amended costs and proof.
The case met with widespread criticism as Amnesty Worldwide, together with activists Sowore and Olawale Bakare, declared Jalingo a prisoner of conscience, whereas the #OneFreePress coalition mentioned it was one of many prime 10 threats to press freedom worldwide in 2019.