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FREE:Court grants Agba Jalingo bail

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Journalist Agba Jalingo has been granted bail by the Federal High Court in Calabar, after spending 174 days in detention in both the police cell and Calabar prison.

It would be recalled that Mr Jalingo, the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22, 2019, over a report alleging that Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

Justice Sule Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Calabar, on Thursday granted the journalist N10 million bail, following an application from his lawyer, Attah Ochinke.

The court asked that those standing as surety for the journalist must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to court registry to perfect the bail.

Mr Jalingo was earlier denied bail twice by another judge, Simon Amobeda, who recently withdrew from the case after a secret recording where he (Amobeda) allegedly made some “biased” remarks against Mr Jalingo, was leaked to the press late last year.

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SDN, YAR’ADUA Foundation Empowers Communities with Budget Tracking Skills

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SDN, YAR’ADUA Foundation Empowers Communities with Budget Tracking Skills

To help bridge the accountability and engagement gap between public institutions and communities in the Niger Delta, the Stakeholder Democracy Network, SDN organized a two-day workshop on “Participatory Budgeting at The Aldgate Congress Hotel in Port Harcourt.


Sponsored by the Yar’Adua Foundation, the workshop took place on the 12th and 13th of February, drawing participants from the public service, community-based organizations and the media.

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In the lively and participatory sessions of the two-day workshop which included pieces of training and group exercises, attendees were equipped with the rudiments of budget formulation, enactment, tracking, audit and evaluation, with particular focus on state and local governments.

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Workshop trainer, Kelechi Justin Amaechi emphasized the need for citizens, community leaders and community-based organizations to acquire the needed information on budgeting to enable them to engage the processes effectively.
He said the involvement of the citizenry in the budgeting and other decision-making processes builds trust and strengthens democracy, as community people take ownership and protect public projects owing to their deliberate efforts at debating and influencing the siting of projects that directly responds to the most pressing needs of the community.

Female participant explains points raised by her group during breakout session

Participants who spoke with FR News at the end of the workshop expressed gratitude to SDN and the Yar’Adua Foundation for the opportunity to be empowered with the right skills to contribute towards the development of their communities and the larger society as they will now be able contributes towards the nomination of projects that meet community needs , monitor to ensure projects are executed according to specifications and also help to prevent duplication of projects by government agents and other service providers.

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SDN is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization based in the Niger Delta and providing support for those affected by the extractive industry and weak governance since it was established in 2004.

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Court Stops INEC From Deregistering 31 Parties

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Presidential Election Petition Tribunal: Atiku’s Witness Admits Paying N10,000 To Soldiers During Election

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering 31 political parties.

The presiding judge, Justice Anwuli Chikere, in her ruling, said having failed to counter the application by the applicants, the affected political parties had the legal right which must be protected.

In an interlocutory motion with suit number: FHC//ABJ/ CS/444/19 between Advanced Congress of Democratic (ACD) and 2 others Vs. Attorney General of the Federation and another (INEC), the applicants had on Oct. 30, 2019, approached the court.

INEC had, on Feb. 6, deregistered 74 political parties .

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