A Jos-based Tourism Firm, Goslanu Maps Limited, has prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Jos to dismiss a suit filed by the Federal Government, accusing the company of alleged human trafficking, for lack of diligent prosecution.
The federal government accused the firm 2015 of involvement in human trafficking by NAPTIP, which claimed people were being trafficked to Europe for slavery under the guise of taking them to greener pastures.
NAPTIP had then filed a case before Justice Musa Kurya of Federal High Court II on two count charge of human trafficking under the Act establishing it.
But when the case came up for hearing on Monday, the firm through its Counsel, Mr Chindak Dakas, prayed the court to dismiss the case for want of diligent prosecution.
“My Lord, this case has dragged on now for four years without the prosecuting counsels showing any seriousness.
“It has been adjournment too many time, since the beginning of this case. This is a clear case of lack of interest in the case.
“For four years now the prosecution have abandoned this case as you can see today again nobody from the prosecution showed up.
“We hereby apply under section 7(8) of the practice direction of criminal trial for its dismissal.
“My Lord, section 351 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2004 says that such a case can be dismissed for want of diligent prosecution, “ Dakas submitted.
Dakas further said that in the alternative, “we apply that the case be closed in the interest of Justice.”
After listening to the defence counsel, Justice Kurya., adjourned the case until June 10, 2019 for ruling in the applications made.
edted by Sadiya Hamza