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Projects' probe: ICPC makes U-turn, withdraws charge against NDDC boss

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja on 21/06/2018

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•Nsima Ekere
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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has withdrawn the two-count charge it filed against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nsima Ekere.

ICPC had, in the charged marked: CR/187/2018, accused NDDC and Ekere of refusing to honour invitation and request for documents in relation to the construction of Umuihe-Odo-Umuanya Road, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State.

Prosecution lawyer, Osuobeni Ekoi Akponimisingha announced ICPC’s decision to withdraw the charge when the case came up on Thursday before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Apo, Abuja.

Akponimisingha said although the prosecution has complied with the court’s earlier order for substituted service of the charge on Ekere, there are new developments in the case, requiring that the charge be withdrawn.

He said: “While the matter was pending, the defendant complied with our request,  which informed why we filed the charge in the first place.”

Relying on Section 108 (2)(a) of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), the prosecution applied to withdraw the judge, an application Justice Adeniyi granted.

The judge, in a ruling, said: “the prosecution, having applied to withdraw the charge, under ACJA, 2015, the charge with suit No: CR/187/2018, filed on the 4th of May 2018 is accordingly struck out.” (The Nation)

Source News Express

Posted 21/06/2018 7:43:58 PM

 

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