FG Has No Respect For Courts – Judge

The President Bola Tinubu administration has no respect for the rule of law, a judge said during a ruling on Thursday.

Nicholas Oweibo, a federal high court judge, in Lagos said this while giving his ruling on the ‘illegal possession of firearms and ammunition” charges against the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.

On Tuesday, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) at the federal ministry of justice, Abubakar Mohammed, had filed an oral application seeking the withdrawal of the two-count charge.

The prosecutor told the judge that its decision to withdraw the charges was informed by emerging facts and circumstances of the case which require closer investigation.

“The prosecution has shown that they are not law abiding and have no respect for the court. The court cannot force them,” the judge said.

“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?”

“To stop the embarrassment of the court and to keep its integrity intact, I believe the proper thing is to allow them 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.”