A Magistrate Court in Abuja on Friday discharged Amaechi Anakwe, a journalist with the African Independent Television of charges relating to describing the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 7, Abuja, Mr. Joseph Mbu, as “controversial.” on his programme, "Matters Arising"
It would be recalled that Mbu had on Thursday ordered Anakwe’s arrest after inviting him to his office.
The Punch reports that the chief magistrate who presided over the case, Anthony Ogboi, discharged the AIT journalist after the prosecution counsel, Chijoke Okezie, orally applied for withdrawal of the charge.
Okezie told the court that Mbu ordered that the charge should be withdrawn and that Anakwe be brought to his office for further clarification on the issue.
The defence counsel, John Kalu, had earlier informed the court that he had yet to get a copy of the First Information Report to enable him to know the offence his client was charged with.
He, however, did not oppose the application for the withdrawal of the charge, but prayed for an order restraining Mbu or its privies from further harassing or arresting Anakwe.
In a short ruling, the magistrate discharged the journalist but declined to make an order restraining the police.
According to the magistrate, making such a restraining order could amount to impeding the duty of the police.