Three editorial staff members of the Nigerian Independent Daily Express newspaper were acquitted on Monday (24 Jun) of a charge of sedition.
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Background: Three editorial staff members of the Nigerian Independent Daily Express newspaper were acquitted on Monday (24 Jun) of a charge of sedition. The three appeared before Mr. Justice L. J. Dosumu at the Legos Assizes. They were found not guilty and discharged.
The accused were Miss. Toyin Johnson, Feature Editor, Mr. Fola Ashiru, Chief Sub-Editor and Mr. Godwin Emegokwue, Feature writer. The charge against them arose from an editorial in the newspaper last October criticising the Lagos State Government for increasing bus fares.
The Express published a series of front-page apologies for the editorial last week.
SYNOPSIS: The Lagos High Court, where three senior journalists went on trial on Monday accused of sedition.
After several days of questioning, the accused were given bail.
Mr. Fola Ashiru, Chief Sub-Editor of the Daily Express newspaper and Features writer, Mr. Godwin Emegokwue -- two of the accused.
Their defence lawyer entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of the journalists. The third was Miss. Toyin Johnson, Features Editor of the Express.
The Editor of the paper, Mr. Eddy Aderinokum, authorised a series of front-page apologies last week for an editorial the paper had published last October, which gave rise to the charges of sedition.
The Editorial had criticised the Lags State Government for increasing bus fares in the capital. The defendants were found not guilty and were discharged.