Agba Jalingo has spent 175 days in detention, but now the Federal High Court in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, has admitted the journalist and rights activist to bail.
Justice Sule Shuaibu took over the case from Justice Simon Amobeda, who rescued himself from the matter, following condemnations that trailed the refusal to grant Jalingo bail on three occasions.
Granting the bail, Justice Shuaibu set the bond at N10 million with one surety in like sum.
The bail stipulates that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and his address must be physically verified. Also, he must show means that he would be able to forfeit the bail bond, the judge ruled.
He added: “The surety is expected to deposit N700,000 cash with the Registrar of the court, who will then pay it into an interest-yielding account with a commercial bank.”
Jalingo is to seek the permission of court to travel out of the country, if he need to leave the country.
“Agba Jalingo must depose to an oath that he will be available in court while he and his surety must present two passport photographs,”
Justice Shuaibu ordered that the proceedings of the court on the matter shall not be a matter of public discourse and subsequently adjourned the matter to the 6th, 7th and 8th days of April 2020 for the prosecution to open and close its case while other motions may be treated before that day.