Three Nigerian journalists are facing
criminal charges for a report alleging a plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to
Tony Amokeodo and Chibuzor Ukaibe,
journalists working for Abuja-based Leadership, were arrested by the police
yesterday and charged in court today with 10 counts including forgery and
publishing falsehoods, according to court documents e-mailed by the newspaper.
A third journalist, Taiwo Ogunmola Omilani, who wasn’t in court, was charged
Their April 3 story also alleged the
government planned to cut fuel subsidies. The newspaper said it stands by the
The police detained four journalists
from the newspaper over the story on April 8 and later released them. Hearings
in the case will resume on April 23, according to Azubuike Ishiekwene, managing
director of the newspaper.