FG withdraws forgery charges against LEADERSHIP newspapers journalists


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
The Federal Government has withdrawn the the alleged forgery of Presidential Bromide case filed against two journalists working with LEADERSHIP Newspapers at an Abuja High Court.
The journalists, Mr, Tony Amokeodo (Group News Editor) and Chibuzo Ukaibe (Political Correspondent) are standing trial for allegedly forging a presidential bromide published in the newspaper on April 3, 2013.
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, and obtained by journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.
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 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.
Justice Usman Musale agreed wiith Falana and rejected the document.

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 former President was to be served with the subpoena through the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The subpoena requested the forner president to appear before the court from day to day until the case is tried, to give evidence on behalf of the accused persons and also to bring with him …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper