Detained Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, spends Christmas in prison

A Nigerian journalist, Agba Jalingo, who is facing treason charges for allegedly criticising a Nigerian governor, is spending Christmas holiday in prison.

Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22 over a report alleging that the governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

He is remanded at the Calabar prison, after Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court, Calabar, denied him bail.

Mr Amobeda announced his withdrawal from the case 14 days ago after a secret recording where he allegedly made some “biased” remarks against Mr Jalingo was leaked to the press.

Mr Jalingo, while reacting to the leaked recording, requested that the case be transferred to another court outside Calabar, to a new judge who…

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