Friday, October 4, 2019

Journalist Agba Jalingo arrives court in handcuff

Detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, on Friday morning arrived at the Federal High Court, Calabar, for a ruling on his bail application in a handcuff.

Mr Jalingo, the publisher of the online CrossRiverWatch, has been in prison in Calabar.

He is charged with treason over a report about an alleged diversion of N500 million by the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade.

The journalist, whose arrest and trial has attracted outrage from human rights groups across Nigeria, arrived at the court premises at about 9:18 a.m. in a green coloured van belonging to the Calabar Prison. He was surrounded by four prison officers.

He wore a black T-shirt with the inscription “Journalism Is Not A Crime”, a blue jeans trousers, and a flip-flop.

Mr Jalingo smiled and waved at a handful of journalists who stood by the court premises to show solidarity with him.

He stretched forth his hand and collected a green-coloured muffler from Jonathan Ugbal, the news editor of CrossRiverWatch, who is facing a separate trial, also in Calabar, over the #RevolutionNow protest.

The muffler has the inscription “Great Nigeria” and “I Love Nigeria” on it.

Mr Jalingo, handcuffed to another inmate, was led into the courtroom by the prison officials.

Arrested on August 22, Mr Jalingo spent 34 days in police detention before he was arraigned on September 25.


  1. This is a shame to the Cross River state government. Why must he be handcuffed like a common criminal

  2. They are so quick to slam terrorism and treason charges on everyone but the actual terrorists are getting pampered by security operatives while governors beg them to release kidnapped victims in their custody. But unarmed law abiding citizens are terrorists. Smh