A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has dismissed the corruption charges against a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, citing lack of “proper charges” before it.
Making the ruling, presiding judge Chuka Obiozor stated that the affidavit filed by Mr. Nnamani showed that the court had entered judgement in the same suit on July 5, 2015, by another judge, Mohammed Yunusa.
Counsel to Nnamani, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), told the court that the defendant filed a motion disclosing the facts that this case has been put to rest by Mr. Yunusa in his judgement suit no FHc/L/09c/07.
Mr Tarfa further posits that parties in the suit had entered a plea bargain before Mr. Yunusa and there is no valid pending charges before Mr. Obiozor as the court cannot sit on appeal for the case of another judge of concurrent jurisdiction, Premium Times writes.
But the prosecutor for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Kelvin Uzozie, said he had looked at the affidavits filed by the defendant in the case and was applying that the entire proceedings be struck out to enable him file fresh charges against Mr. Nnamani.
The judge however ruled in favour of the accused, saying: “I agree that in view of the plea bargain judgement of this court delivered on the 7th of July, 2015, that there is no valid charge before me and I thereby expunge the entire proceedings before me.”