Fg Arraigns 2 Journalists In Court Over Alleged Forgery


The Federal Government today arraigned two journalists with the Leadership Newspapers to Court over alleged forgery.
The duo of the News Editor, Mr. Tony Amokeodo, and a political reporter, with the newspaper, Chibuzor Ukaibe, were today charged with forgery of the President’s signature.
The journalists were brought before Justice Adeniyi Ademola, of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. They were slammed with a 10-count charge bordering on forgery of a document titled “Bromide of The Presidential Directive” which they published in the April 3 edition of Leadership. The duo of Amokeodo and Ukaibe, were re-arrested a fortnight ago by security operatives when they reported at the police station in compliance with Police bail condition that they report daily at the police station.
They were first arrested and detained for about two days on April 8, after they honoured a police invitation. According to the charge brought against them on Tuesday, the accused were alleged to have conspired with another reporter, Taiwo Omilani, who is said to be at large, to forge the document and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 467 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C 38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. Before their plea could be taken, Amokeodo, who is listed as the first accused in the charge, told the trial judge, Justice Ademola, that he and his colleague were detained on Monday and were driven to court Tuesday morning from detention without any information on the charge brought against them. The prosecutor, Mr. Joe Nwadike, had informed the court that the police re-arrested the journalists whom he alleged had jumped bail having failed to keep to the terms of the administrative bail they were granted.

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