A High Court sitting in Abuja has discharged and acquitted Adolphus Wabara, a former Senate President from corruption charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.
The court also set aside same charges levelled against four others – Garba Matazu, a former house of reps member, Ibrahim Abdulazeez, John Azuta Mbata, both former senators and Fabian Osuji, minister of education, at the time.
This is coming 14 years after the lawsuit was filed against them.
Presiding Judge, S.E. Aladetoyinbo, ruled that the suit lacked witnesses to proceed with the proceedings. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) was said to have been unable to produce witness to prosecute the case.
The judge however discharged the defendants relying on section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
The Sections reads, “Where a complainant at any time before a final order is made in a case satisfies the court that there are sufficient grounds for permitting him to withdraw his complaint, the court may permit him to withdraw the complaint and shall thereupon acquit the defendant.”
“Since the prosecutor claimed that the witnesses are no more available and this matter had been pending since 2005, the court will grant the request of defence counsel. The three Defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted under Section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.”