Agba Jalingo: Journalist released on bail after spending 174 days in custody

Agba Jalingo: Journalist released on bail after spending 174 days in custody

- Detained journalist, Agba Jalingo, meets bail granted him on February 13, after spending 174 days in detention

- Jalingo was released Monday, February 17, after fulfilling the conditions mandated by a court in Cross River state

- The journalist was arrested and detained on August 22, 2019, over a report alleged that the Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state

The detained journalist, Agba Jalingo, has met the bail granted him on February 13, after spending 174 days in detention.

Jalingo, who works as the publisher of Cross River Watch, was said to have accessed the bail granted him on Monday, February 17, after fulfilling the conditions, Premium Times reports.

The journalist was arrested and detained on August 22, 2019, over a report written alleging that Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

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Jalingo was previously denied bail twice by another judge, Simon Amobeda before his third bail request was granted.

In another report, a renowned lawyer, Femi Falana, has said President Muhammadu Buhari breaking the law by refusing to sack the current set of security service chiefs.

Falana told Channels TV on Monday, February 17, that by refusing to replace the service chiefs, the president is violating the law mandating the retirement of military officers who have served for 35 years or have reached the age of 60.

He said there is no provision empowering the president to extend the tenure of service chiefs beyond the period stipulated by law. Falana argued that the fact that such an extension had been done before does not make it right.

Falana noted that a legal action will be filed against the president for extending the tenure of service chiefs.

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To news on security, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a federal government delegation led by his chief of staff, Abba Kyari to Katsina to condole with the people of the state.

A statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu indicates that the delegation arrived Katsina, on Monday, February 17, which is the home state of Buhari.

According to the statement, the Kyari-led delegation would be extending heartfelt condolences to Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, over the recent killings by bandits.

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