Nigerian Journalists Face Charges for Report on Presidency

Nigerian Journalists Face Charges for Report on Presidency

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.

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