A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed the firearm charges against the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo on Thursday, August 16, 2023, struck out the charge for want of diligent prosecution, following the withdrawal application made by the Director of Public Prosecution of the Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Abubakar.
By allowing the withdrawal of the charge, the judge wondered what good it will do to the defence if the court does not allow the withdrawal.
He said: “The prosecution has shown that they are not law-abiding and have no respect for the court. The court cannot force them. What good will it be for the defendant who is in custody? Of what benefit will it be to keep the file in the court’s docket?
“I believe the proper thing is to allow them to withdraw the charge. They can simply abandon it and the court will still have to strike it out for lack of diligent prosecution. The application to withdraw is hereby granted.”