The Federal High Court in Lagos recently issued an important judgment addressing the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on allegations of unlawful gun possession. The court has decided to strike out the claims leveled by the Federal Government.
On Thursday, Justice Nicholas Oweibo issued an order permitting Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Ministry of Justice, to request that the two-count indictment be dismissed.
Abubakar is alleged to have put his faith in Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015, in an unexpected turn of events.
In a recent development, Emefiele’s lawyer, J.B. Daodu, has made a compelling case for his client’s charges to be dropped. Daodu stated firmly that the prosecution cannot withdraw the charge unless the government corrects its disobedience to the court’s July 25 order, which granted Emefiele bail in the amount of N20 million.
According to The Nation, in his judgment, Justice Oweibo granted the Federal Government’s application.
The judge chastised the government’s actions, noting that the prosecution’s actions demonstrated a disdain for the fundamental standards of the rule of law.
Given the prosecution’s alleged contempt for the court, one would question the utility of maintaining the file on the docket.
As a result of what appears to be a lack of thorough prosecution, the charge in question has been officially dismissed.