Ada Wodu, Calabar
A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar and presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda has adjourned the hearing on the trial of journalist and rights activist, Agba Jalingo to November 5 and 6th, 2019 for continuation.
He gave the ruling on Wednesday following arguments by both prosecution and defence counsels.
The prosecution counsel, Dennis Tarhemba, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, prayed that the court should adjourn after Jalingo took his plea.
However, the lead counsel to the defendant, Adeyinka Olumide-fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, opposed the prosecution’s application and prayed the court to grant Jalingo bail.
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Justice Amobeda, after rising twice on the matter, granted the prayer of the prosecution for adjournment and dismissed the prayer for bail by the defence.
The judge in his ruling on the prayer for bail, said that “the authorities cited by the defence counsel existed before the Administration of Criminal Justice Act was signed into law.”
He said the circumstances did not warrant granting the defendant bail, adding that the number of adjournments requested by the prosecution counsel had not been exceeded what is prescribed by law.
Jalingo was charged with terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the Cross River State government.
He was arrested by police officers in his Lagos residence on August 22, 2019 and driven by road to Calabar, the Cross River capital where he was detained for 32 days until his arraignment on September 25, 2019 for the hearing of his bail.
His trial had suffered several adjournments until Wednesday when it commenced.