N2.2bn Fraud: FG withdraws charges against Supreme Court Chief Registrar, 2 others

Posted by News Express | 7 February 2017 | 2,093 times

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Supreme Court Chief Registrar Ahmed Gambo Saleh.

The Federal Government has withdrawn the 2.2 billion Naira fraud charges, filed against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Ahmed Gambo Saleh, and two others, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mr Saleh was to be arraigned alongside Mr. Muhammed Abdulrahaman Sharif and one Rilwanu Lawal before Justice Abba Bello Mohammed, on a 9-count charge bordering on diversion of 2.2 billion Naira public fund, Criminal Breach of Trust and taking bribe from Supreme Court contractors to the tune of 74.4 million Naira.

They were billed to be arraigned on November 17, 2016 but the arraignment could not hold as one of the defendants, Muhammed Abdulrahaman Sharif was absent in the court due to an undisclosed ailment.

However, at the resumed proceedings on Tuesday, counsel to the Federal Government, Mrs. Hajara Yusuf, informed the court that she has been directed to withdraw the charges against all the defendants.

Mrs Yusufu did not disclose the reason for the withdrawal of charges.

However, the presiding judge, Justice Abba-Bello Mohammed struck out the charges.

On November 4, 2016, the Federal Government had filed a 9-count corruption charge against the registrar, Mr Ahmed Saleh, the Director of Finance Muhammed Abdulrahman Sherrif, and the Chief Accountant of the Apex Court Rilwanu Lawal. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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