Court strikes out criminal charge against trader for lack of diligent prosecution 



A Grade I Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, on Tuesday struck out a case of theft filed against a 29-year-old trader, John Jacob for lack of diligent prosecution.

Jacob, who resides at Byazhin, Kubwa, was on Dec. 21, 2017,  charged with criminal conspiracy, house breaking, theft and criminal intimidation.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge..

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the Judge, Muhammad Adamu, struck out the matter, discharged and acquitted Jacob, following his counsel, Moses Ugwummadu’s application for the court to strike out the charge.

Ugwummadu made his application pursuant to Section 351 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), saying there was no evidence to prove the allegations against the defendant.

He said the prosecution counsel, Babajide Olanipekun was not in court, adding that the case had lingered since 2017 and urged the court to grant his prayer..

The prosecution counsel alleged that the Jacob and  one Ogbu Otokpa broke into the complainant, Emere Micheal’s apartment in Byazhin, Kubwa on Jan.3, 2017.

He had alleged that the defendants stole one LG plasma television valued N315, 000, five suits and shirts at N150, 000, DSTV decorder worth N9, 000, one pair of shoes valued N12, 000 and two pairs of jeans worth N15, 000.

Olanipekun had said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 346, 287 and 397 of the Penal Code.


Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN


Icardi double gives PSG 2-0 win at Reims Ronaldo double earns point for Juventus at Roma Messi back in scoring business in dream start for Koeman Ajibade, Azeez win Asiwajuniwa Cycling Tournament KDSG advises civil servants against strike Paris knife attack suspect says he was targeting Charlie Hebdo – Police source Congolese security forces thwart rebel attempt to seize mining hub 171 millionaires emerge in Dangote Cement Promo President Buhari greets Onabule at 81 Oba Oniru wants LASG to recognize “Isese Day” Onyeama calls for peace in Enugu APC World Tourism Day: NCF showcases Nigeria’s rich conservation park‍  I-G condemns attack on security convoy in Borno 2020/2021 Legal Year: Clergy tasks judges on justice, fight against corruption FG applauds CAN’s roles in nation building Bankers institute re-certifies NDIC academy as training provider for banking industry Post COVID-19: Expert proffers strategies for business revival Vardy’s hat-trick inspires Leicester City to 5-2 win over Manchester City Community repatriates 43 Nigerian women stranded in Lebanon Electricity: Ojota community protests ‘crazy’ bills, disconnections LASG says MSMEs key to economic recovery  Valentino picks Milan over Paris for rare live fashion show 60th Independence: Sanwo-Olu urges citizens to rededicate to nation’s unity In Paris, a fashion eco-system on edge as shows disappear French Open: Wawrinka thrashes Murray as big match falls flat 13 B/Haram terrorists, 23 family members surrender to troops in Borno -DHQ Malami donates N11m to Kebbi flood victims Jos airport renovation 95 per cent completed – Manager FG mulls policy on zero rating for educational websites Tourism Day: Nigeria to leverage on tourism to boost grassroots devt.- Minister Buhari’s policies yielding fruitful results – Gov Bagudu Ministry to create platform for lifting 100m Nigerians out of poverty Oil palm growers commend Buhari, CBN for empowering small holder farmers Nigerians renew call on Multichoice, others on pay as you go tariff NIHOTOUR will work with private sector for sustainable development of tourism -Kangiwa Men like Justice Karibi-Whyte, difficult to find anymore -NBA President Gov. Wike describes late Karibi-Whyte as a super hero, incorruptible jurist Inter hits two late goals to beat Fiorentina 4-3 Beaten Betis coach Pellegrini blames VAR in defeat to Real Madrid COVID-19: Nigeria cases now 58,198 with 49,722 discharged Ministry official advocates regular dog vaccination to end rabies by 2030 COAS inspects ongoing projects in Army Super Camp, Ngamdu School resumption: Expert advocates provision of clean water to check spread of infections Armed Forces College holds memorial service for 1992 Ejigbo plane crash victims Increased tariff: Previous administration created problem in power sector Scores of terrorists killed in massive airstrikes on hideouts in Borno – DHQ Wike promises early completion of 258-bed mother, child hospital in Port Harcourt Yobe IPAC agrees with LG elections postponement Brazil court postpones league game after several COVID-19 positive tests Don charges media on changing maternal health narratives