After spending 179 days in prison, Journalist, Agba Jalingo, on Monday, regained his freedom.
The journalist, who was facing trial for alleged treason, was released from prison custody after meeting his bail conditions.
The publisher of Cross River Watch has been in prison since his arrest on August 22, 2019.
Prior to his incarceration, he was said to have allegedly accused the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, of diverting N500 million from the state’s treasury, in a report published on his news platform.
After Jalingo was denied bail twice, the governor received backlash from the public, accusing him of being behind the continued detention of Jalingo.
But in swift reaction to the allegation, Ayade debunked the rumor, saying the Federal Government was behind the journalist’s case over his involvement in the #RevolutionNow protest led by Omoyele Sowore.
The Federal High Court in Calabar last week granted the journalist a N10 million bail.
Justice Sule Shuaibu in his ruling said that Jalingo’s surety must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.