Nigeria’s Federal Government has withdrawn the six count criminal charge of forgery slammed against two journalists and their employer, Leadership Newspaper Group Ltd. The withdrawal is sequel to the notice of preliminary objection filed by the Journalists’ lawyer, Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, challenging the competence of the charge as well as the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to hear and determine the charge.
The notice of withdrawal/discontinuance of charges dated April 30, 2013 was filed Thursday at the Federal High Court.
Part of the notice of withdrawal reads: “Take notice that the complainant, the Hon. Attorney general of the federation intends that the criminal proceedings consisting 6-count charge against the accused persons, Tony Amokeodo, Chibuzor Ukaibe and LEADERSHIP Group ltd, be discontinued and the 6-counts against them are hereby withdrawn”.