Justice Kudirat Jose of Lagos High Court, Ikeja, has dismissed a criminal matter brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the Executive Director, Lagos International Trade Fair Complex Management Board, Mr. Bassey Eyamba.
Eyamba and four others were arraigned by the anti-graft agency in 2013 on a 20-count charge bordering on conspiracy to steal and stealing over N50 million.
Also arraigned were Okafor Eunice, Francis Dajilak,Okocha Lazarus and Kolo Barnabas.
In a preliminary objection by their counsel, Mr. John Awa Kalu, the defendants sought the court for an order dismissing or striking out the charge for want of jurisdiction on the ground that it was premature, an abuse of court process, incompetent and ultra vires to the powers of the EFCC.
Besides, their lawyer sought the court for an order for compensation of N500million for the unlawful detention and their malicious prosecution.
However, in a twist, the anti-graft agency on March 4, 2015 filed a notice to discontinue the criminal proceedings. The notice, brought pursuant to section 172 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law No 11, Laws of Lagos State 2011 was attached with an eight-paragraph affidavit and a letter to discontinue signed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN.
It sought for an order striking out the charge ID/239C/2013 against the defendants and discharging them from all the count contained therein.