A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has dismissed criminal charges against two staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Oladipo Oladapo and Afolabi Albert, as well as a retired director in the commission, Gbedegun Abiodun.
Justice P. O Lifu, also discharged the accused persons following an application filed by counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), E.S Okongwu urging the strike out of the charge.
INEC had sequel to the interim report of EFCC on the involvement of its staff in cases of conspiracy, bribery, corruption and money laundering charges during the 2015 general elections placed Oladapo on interdiction from June 2017.
However, sequel to Okongwu’s application, Justice Lifu held that ; “in view of the fact that the prosecution has conceded by hinging his withdrawal application on the motion of the appllicant/defendants coupled with the fact that issues have been joined in a way by the applicant’s application (and the prosecution has no objection to the dismissal of this charge). I hereby dismiss this charge accordingly and the defendants are discharged.”
EFCC, had through his Counsel approached the court seeking an order to quash, dismiss or strike-out the charge No: FHC/L/261C/2018, dated the 27th July 2018 and 30th July 2018, on the grounds that the Court lacks the necessary jurisdiction to entertain same due to non-compliance by the prosecution with the mandatory requirements of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and sections 138(1)(b). 149,150u) & (2) of the Electoral Act. (as amended).
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