A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed an attempted murder charge filed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) against the estranged wife of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Precious Chikwendu and three others.
The others named in the 14-count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022, filed on April 28 are: Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu and Osakwe Azubuike.
Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the charge after lawyer John Ijagbemi indicated his intention to discontinue the case.
At the commencement of proceedings, Ijagbemi told the court that he has the instructions of the IGP to discontinue the case.
He said: “The matter was slated for the re-arraignment of the defendants today.
“However, we want to plead with your lordship for the withdrawal of the case,” he said.
Ijagbemi added the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police was in receipt of a letter from the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode) about his intention to withdraw the complaint against his estranged wife.
He said the prosecution, under Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 could withdraw a charge at any stage before judgment.
Defence lawyer, Peter Abang, did not oppose the prosecution’s request, following which Justice Ekwo dismissed the charge.
Speaking outside the courtroom, Abang described the prosecution’s decision as “a welcomed development.”
Ijagbemi said “the complainant, via the prosecution, has the unfettered power to withdraw a charge before the court.”