A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar has discharged rights activist, Agba Jalingo in a criminal suit on terrorism, treasonable felony and cybercrimes.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu stroke out the matter after the Cross River State Government withdrew the charges it filed against him.
After an initial 179 days in detention, Mr. Jalingo was in February 2020, granted bail, leading to Cross River state taking over the prosecution from the federal government.
CrossRiver Watch, an online news platform, reports that the Director of Public Prosecution in the state, John Ogban, told the court at the resumed hearing, on Monday, that he received the directives of the Attorney General, Tanko Ashang to discontinue the case.
Mr. Ogban earlier told the court the state had filed a further amended charge before now, but made a verbal application for the withdrawal of the case.
The defense, led by Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria did not object to the verbal application and commended the directive.
“We commend the Honorable Attorney General of the State for taking this decision. We are happy that our harassment has ended,” Olumide-Fusika who was accompanied by F. Baba Isa and Kehole Enya said.
He further prayed the court to release the sum paid as the bail bond into an interest yielding account by the defendant.
The matter was then stood down for the Court to verify the payment date among others items.
And, upon resumption, Justice Ojukwu while relying on the provisions of section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, acquitted Mr. Jalingo, “on all four charges. Therefore, the charge is hereby dismissed.”
On the application for the refund, the court held that the sum and the interest should be paid to him.