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Breaking: N2.2bn Fraud: FG Withdraws Case Against Supreme Court Registrar, 2 Others


In a dramatic fashion and without giving reasons, the Federal Government, Tuesday, withdrew the corruption charges it filed against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh and two others.
On Tuesday when the accused were supposed to be arraigned at a High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Jabi Abuja, the prosecuting counsel, Mrs Hajara Yusuf, announced the withdrawal of the charges.
According to her, “This matter is for arraignment tody but I have been instructed to withdraw the said charges.”
She didn’t give reason for the withdrawal of the charges.
Counsls appearing for the defendants said they had no objection.
The trial Judge, Justice Abba-Bello Mohammed, following the withdrawal of charges said he had no other option than to strike out the case.
“The charge, FCT/HC/CR/13/2016, is hereby struck out, same having been withdrawn without objection,” the Judge ruled.
Federal Government had filed the charges against Saleh about three months ago, following the raid on the Supreme Court complex and homes of some judges, including two of the apex court, between October 7 and 8, 2016.
The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had filed the charges against Saleh, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif and Rilwanu Lawal on November 3, 2016.
In the case marked, FCT/HC/CR/13/2016, Federal Government accused the defendants of receiving gratifications totalling N74.4m from private contractors providing services to the Supreme Court between 2009 and 2016.
The prosecution also alleged in the nine counts, that the Supreme Court officials, among others, diverted the sum of N2.2bn belonging to the court.

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