FG withdraws forgery charges against LEADERSHIP Newspapers Journalists

According to reports, the Federal Government has withdrawn the alleged forgery case of Presidential Bromide(published in the newspaper on April 3, 2013) brought against two journalists (Mr, Tony Amokeodo (Group News Editor) and Chibuzo Ukaibe (Politcal Correspondent) with LEADERSHIP Newspapers at an Abuja High Court.

The government’s position is contained in a letter signed by the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Muhammad Diri, addressed to its counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN). The letter directed him to discontinue the case.
The letter with reference number FCT/HC/CR/6755/2013 was dated September 23rd, 2015.

At the last adjourned date, ‎Awomolo sought to tender a copy of the letterhead paper from the Presidency to prove that the one published by the newspaper was forged.
But lawyer to the journalists, Mr, Femi Falana, raised objection on the ground that the document sought to be tendered was from the office of the Chief of Staff to the President and not from the Office of the President, arguing that the witness, Ibrahim Bako, had stated under oath that he got it from the office of the President.

Earlier, the court had summoned former President Goodluck Jonathan to appear and give evidence at the trial.
Justice Musale issued the summons; (subpoena ad testificandum), dated July 15, 2013 to Jonathan requesting him to come to court with documents to give evidence in the matter.

The government, had on June 27, 2013 re-arraigned the two LEADERSHIP journalists on an alleged 11-count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery, but were however, granted bail by the trial judge, having pleaded not guilty.

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