FG Makes U-turn, Re-files Suit Against Leadership Newspaper Journalists

By Iorakpen Ishu –Josef, Abuja

Fifty days after withdrawing an alleged forgery charge against two LEADERSHIP journalists:  Mr Tony Amokeodo (the Group News Editor) and Mr. Chibuzor Ukaibe (Political Correspondent), the Federal Government today made a U-turn and re-filed the case before an Abuja High Court in Kubwa.

The lead lawyer to the federal government, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), had on Friday filed an 11 –count charge of alleged forgery of presidential directive against Amokeodo, Ukaibe and LEADERSHIP Group Ltd before Justice U. A. Musale.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on May 2, 2013, struck out the case, following the withdrawal of a-six count charge by the lawyer to the Federal Government, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN).

The development was sequel to the notice of preliminary objection filed by the lawyer to the LEADERSHIP journalists, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), who argued that the court could not entertain the matter on the grounds that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case.

But a new twist emerged on Friday, May 29, 2013, when the federal government through its lawyer, Awomolo, approached an Abuja High Court through an ex-parte application, seeking the leave of the court to prefer a charge against the journalists.

After listening to the argument by a lawyer from Awomolo’s chambers, Mrs F. Folorunso, Justice Musale granted the request of the federal government.
The judge later  adjourned the case till Thursday, June 27, 2013 for the arraignment of the two LEADERSHIP journalists.

But a court bailiff accompanied by lawyers from Awomolo’s chambers, came to LEADERSHIP’s office yesterday at about 2.45pm to serve the new charge against the journalists and the newspaper company.

The 11-count charge is as follows:
 

COUNT 1:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to 
wit: forged a document titled 'Presidential Directive' having on it the 
Seal of the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 
published on the front page of Leadership Newspaper of 3rd day of 
April, 2013,.intended by you to be understood to be the seal of the office 
of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the intent of the 
document purported it to be the directive of the President of the Federal 
Republic of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence punishable under 
Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, 
Abuja.

COUNT 2:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did commit an offence to wit: forged a document titled 
'Presidential Directive' having on it the Seal of the office of the President 
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria published on the front page of 
Leadership Newspaper of 3rd day of April, 2013, intended by you to understood to be the seal of the office of the President of the Federal 
Republic of Nigeria and the intent of the document purported it to be 
that, made by the office of the President of the Federal Republic of 
Nigeria and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 365 
of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

COUNT 3:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to 
wit: making a false document titled PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE on a 
letter head purporting same to be a document made from the office of 
the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and published same on 
the front page of LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER of 3rd day of April, 2013, 
knowing it to be false and with the intent that it may be acted upon as 
genuine to the prejudice of the President and thereby committed an 
offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the 
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

COUNT 4:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable' court did make a false document titled PRESIDENTIAL 
DIRECTIVE on a letter head, purporting same to be a document from 
the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 
published same on the front page of LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER of 3rd 
day of April, 2013 knowing it to be false and with the intent that it may 
be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of the President of the Federal 
Republic of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence punishable under 
Section 363 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, 
Abuja.

COUNT 5:

That you TONY  AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: dishonestly using as genuine a false document titled PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE with the seal of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, purporting same to be a document made or issued by the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria  and published same on the front page of LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER of  3rd day of April, 2013, for the consumption of the general public and  thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal  Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
COUNT 6:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did dishonestly use as genuine a false document titled 
'PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE' with the seal of the office of the President 
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, purporting same to be the document 
made or issued by the office of the President of the Federal Republic of 
Nigeria and published same on the front page of LEADERSHIP 
NEWSPAPER of 3rd day of April, 2013, for the consumption of the 
general public and thereby committed an offence punishable under 
Section 366 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, 
Abuja.

COUNT 7:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir  Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja  within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this  honourable court did conspire to commit an offence to wit: attempted to  excite feelings of disaffection against the person of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the false document published by  you on the front page of LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER of 3rd day of April, 2013, titled 'PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE' which document was  intended by you to excite feelings of disaffection and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

COUNT 8:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja
                                                                                                                                                                                                3 I P age

within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did commit an offence to wit: attempted to excite 
feelings of disaffection against the person of the President of the Federal 
Republic of Nigeria through the false document published by you on the 
front page of LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER of 3rd day of April, 2013, 
titled 'PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE' which document was intended by 
you to excite feelings of disaffection and thereby committed an offence 
punishable under Section 416 of the Penal Code (Northern States) 
Federal Provision Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

COUNT 9:

That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did conspire to commit an offence to wit: Publishing a 
statement titled 'PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE' which you have reason 
to believe to be false with intent to cause alarm to the public whereby 
members of the public may be induced to commit an offence against 
public peace and you thereby committed an offence punishable under 
Section 97 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, 
Abuja.

COUNT 10:

That you TONY  AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR 
UKAIBE, ~EADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir 
Lane, Utako, Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja 
within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this 
honourable court did commit an offence to wit: Publishing a statement 
titled 'PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE' which you have reason to believe to 
be false with intent to cause alarm to the public whereby members of the 
public may be induced to commit an offence against public peace and 
you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 418 of the 
Penal Code (Northern States) Federal Provision Act, Laws of the Federal 
Capital Territory, Abuja.

COUNT 11:
That you TONY AMOKEODO, CHIBUZOR UKAIBE, 
LEADERSHIP GROUP LIMITED, all of 27 Ibrahim Tahir Lane, Utako, 
Abuja, on or about the 3rd day of April, 2013 at Abuja within the Federal Capital Territory under the jurisdiction of this honourable court did 
commit an offence to wit: Having in your possession without lawful 
excuse a document titled 'PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE', the publication 
of which is capable of exciting feelings of disaffection against the person 
of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and you thereby 
committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Penal Code 
(Northern States) Federal Provision Act, Laws of the Federal Capital 
Territory, Abuja.
 
 
 

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No U-turn was made!

It was obvious, and the Government had said it, that they were withdrawing the old charges in order to prefer new ones, which they have now done. It is the SR journalist who reported the News, back then, that goofed. In their haste, and without verifying their News, they rushed to the press. That is how not to report News. One-sided News is wrong!

Let justice be done. If the Journalists fabricated stories from their bedrooms and forged documents to give vent to their 'trumped up' News, then let Justice be served!

Nobody is above the Laws of our country, whether Journalists or the Presidency or Legislators! Hopefully this will be the end of biased reporting!

The Nigerian people are

The Nigerian people are surely not interested in charging people to court for so-called forgery against the president/presidency as this forgery does not take food from our table, that is if we haved table at all. Nigerias want those who forge documents to steal our common wealth from our tables or kitchens, right from the presidency down to local govt counsellors. These are, de-facto, those who commit felony against us.

This Awomolo character is an

This Awomolo character is an illitrate. I wonde how he made SAN. This is a single count charge repeated with almost the same wording. I trust Falana will embarass him in court.

Reliable information has that

Reliable information has that the governor of Osun state Rauf Aregbesola just recently slapped his deputy in a show of power drunk. It is worth mentioning that coupist Buhari publicly flocks women for wearing trousers. Is this the the type of people that wants to rule naija? Oh, who will save my motherland from Islamic APC. Wahala dey oo. Walahi talahi!

they are criminals, 419ners

they are criminals, 419ners brown envelope consuming journalists send them to jail-for aiding and abetting APC to present the nation with forged documents-with a view to deceiving members of the public

Dr. Dumbo will make a U-turn in a cul-de-sac ...confused clown

Every decision is a torture. All fingers must have pointed in every direction until there's no one left to blame. If this is how a Ph.D from the wetlands reasons and reacts, one cannot but wonder how Masters' degree holders reason. Already, we know illiterates like the Hipolite would say: "I will rather commit suicide than kill myself" ...that's pardonable.

The fool in this case is actually the Justice that re-admitted a worthless case of witch-hunting. Wasting scarce resources persecuting innocent reporters. Adoke et cie ought to be ashamed of themselves. Idle clowns!

Very Good for money journalism

Very Good , Rawlings should do the same to that house of filth called Premium Times

There's nothing to beat about

There's nothing to beat about the bush. If these sell by date journalists sponsored by Buhari-Tinubu APC are sure of the veracity of their publication they should prove it in court. That's why we have the court and an independent judiciary under GEJ's watch. They should even thank their stars for the person of the president. It would have been an entire different story were Buhari the president. They would have been cooling off in kiriki maximum prison by now without giving the privilege of a fair hearing. Naijas should be thankful for having a true democrat like GEJ. Unlike Buhari who is a jihadist and the pioneer of the 'blood and baboons' mantra that led to the death of youth corpers at the prime of their career.

May God save naijas from Buhari and APC cannibals!

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