Court dismisses suit against Eyamba, four others

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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.

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