FG WITHDRAWS CHARGES AGAINST SUPREME COURT CHIEF REGISTRAR AND TWO OTHERS

The Federal Government on Tuesday withdrew the corruption charges brought against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, and two others.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Saleh was charged alongside Muhammed Sheriff, the Director of Finance, and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief Accountant of the apex court.

NAN also reports that previous attempts to arraign the three defendants in the past were stalled.

At the resumed session, the Prosecution Counsel, Hajara Yusuf, informed the court that she was directed by the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the matter.

Yusuf, however, did not advance reasons for the withdrawal.

Yusuf said: “My lord, I have been mandate from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the charges against the three persons.”

Following the oral application, Justice Abba-Bello Muhammed ordered for the withdrawal of the charges against the defendants.

The defendants were initially charged with conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and accepting gratification as public officers.

The defendants were accused of misappropriating N2.2 billion belonging to the apex bank between 2009 and 2016.

The offence was in contravention of Section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.

The defendants were also charged with contravening the provision of Section 96 of the Penal Code.

The charge also alleged that they obtained gratification totaling N80 million contrary to the ICPC Act.

The Federal Government also alleged that the defendants obtained N2.4 million gratification from Welcon Nigeria Limited, N16 million from Dean Musa Nigeria Limited.

The defendants were also alleged to have collected N19 million from Ababia Ventures Limited as gratification.

The companies were private contractors that provided services to the apex court.

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