The last has obviously not been heard about the arrest and detention of the editorial staff of the Leadership Newspapers, Tony Amokoedo and Chibuzor Ukaibe who were arrested sequel to the publication of a story on a certain presidential directive to clamp down on opposition leaders last week.
The said directive was denied by the Presidency and the journalists were arrested, queried and later released and asked to report to the police every working day only for them to be re-arrested on Monday and detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Abuja.
The two men were on Tuesday arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of an Abuja High Court on Monday. They have been charged with ten counts all bordering on forgery.
The trial was however unable to proceed and Justice Adeniyi Ademola had to adjourn till April 23 to enable the defendants enter their plea since they had not been served with the process by the prosecution.”Having listened to the prosecution and the defendants’ counsel, the best thing to do is to allow the suspects to go home and return on the adjourned date”, Justice Ademola said. He also said “the arguments on the bail application earlier taken are to the best of my knowledge premature as the suspects have not been arraigned”.
The two journalists were released to Umar Jibril, the company secretary who was mandated to produce them on the next date.