Federal Government, FG, yesterday withdrawn the criminal charge filed against two journalists with LEADERSHIP newspaper at an Abuja High Court.
The FG, in a letter signed by the Director of Public Prosecution, Muhammad Diri, addressed to Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), counsel to the FG in the matter, directed him to discontinue the case.
The letter with reference number FCT/HC/CR/6755/2013 was dated September 23, 2015.
At the last adjourned date, ‎the court summoned President Goodluck Jonathan to appear and give evidence at the trial.
The journalist, Mr, Tony Amokeodo, the Group News editor and Chibuzor Ukaibe, a political correspondent are standing trial for allegedly forging a presidential directives’ bromide published in the newspaper on April 3, 2013.
The presiding judge, Justice Usman Musale issued the summons; (subpoena ad testificandum), dated July 15, 2013 to the former President and Commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 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 former 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 and produce at the time aforesaid the purportedly forged 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 of April, 2013.
The federal government through Awomolo appealed the ruling of the court which summoned President Jonathan.
The federal government, had on June 27, 2013 re-arraigned the two LEADERSHIP journalists on an alleged 11-count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery.
The journalists were however, granted bail by the trial judge, having pleaded not guilty and the court consequently adjourned the case to July 16, 2013 for hearing.

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