Court has on Monday, March 1, adjourned the Trial of the Nigerian journalist and publisher of Cross River Watch, Citizen Agba Jalingo due to the absence of Judge to April 20. The Nigerian Journalist has been facing trial for alleged acts of treason and terrorism over an opinion article he wrote in July 2019.
News gathered by TOS correspondent through a statement made by Jalingo’s counsel, Barrister Kehole Enya said, “hearing was scheduled for today Monday, March 1, 2021, but the court did not sit.”
In his reaction, Executive Director of “We The People,” Comrade Ken Henshaw who traveled down down to witness the hearing said: “Unfortunately, I don’t reside here; I had to traveled from Port Harcourt. Jalingo has gone through a lot. I feel terribly disappointed not because I traveled down here but because the trauma continues, the stall of the life of Jalingo continues.” He advised that “Court processes in Nigeria need to recognize the fact that not everybody leaves next to the courtroom. The adjournment is not fair; I feel disappointed especially because his charges are trumped up”.
Reacting to the adjournment, Comrade Tijah-Bolton Akpan who is the Executive Director of Policy Alert, said “We knew from the beginning there is no case that is why they keep adjourning and they will continue to adjourn until they realize they need to throw it out.”
The Managing Editor of CrossRiverWatch, Comrade Archibong Jeremiah also quipped by saying “I think the court ought to think about doing something about his fare, again why is he being tried? Journalism is not a crime, why charge him for treason and terrorism for doing his job as an investigative journalist?”