The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out the illegal possession of firearms charges against the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor Godwin Emefiele by the Federal Government.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the order on Thursday, following the application of Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Ministry of Justice, to withdraw the two-count charge.
Abubakar relied on Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
Emefiele’s counsel, J.B. Daudu, had argued that the prosecution could not withdraw the charge unless the Government first purged itself of its disobedience to the court’s July 25 order granting Emefiele N20 million bail.
In his ruling, Justice Oweibo granted the Federal Government application, The Nation reports.
While condemning the Government’s conduct, the judge said: “The prosecution’s behaviour has shown that it doesn’t respect the rule of law.
“Of what benefit will it be to keep the file in the court’s docket when the prosecution has shown disrespect to the court?
“Accordingly, this charge is hereby struck out for lack of diligent prosecution.”
Kemi Filani News recalls that the federal Government arraigned Emefiele on fresh 20-count charges.