AGF Adoke Ordered Us To Withdraw Charges Against Oil Subsidy Thieves, EFCC Tells Lagos Court
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC has toldÂ Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere that Nigeria’s controversial Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke has ordered the anti-graft agency toÂ withdraw charges of conspiracy and fraud filed against four oil subsidy thieves in the ongoing mock trial.
Following the shocking disclosure made by EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the trial judge has struck out the case.
While making a case for the withdrawal of the charges, the EFCC lawyer said: “We have an information (a charge) dated July 20, 2012 before this court.Â I have the instruction of the Attorney-General of the Federation to withdraw this information.Â The information has not been served on the defence.Â I urge the court to strike out the charges.”
In his brief ruling, Justice Candide-Johnson ordered as requested adding that “at the instance of the prosecution, the information having been withdrawn is struck out.”