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Published On: Fri, Dec 4th, 2020

Alleged Stealing: Court Strikes Out Charges Against Four Kenneth Gbagi’s Workers


LAGOS DECEMBER 4TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Magistrate Court 3 sitting in Ebrumede in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State has struck out charges preferred against four workers of Signatious Hotel & Suites in Delta.
Signatious Hotel & Suites is owned by Chief Kenneth Gbagi, former Minister of Education for State.
The Court also discharged the four defendants – Gloria Oguzie, Victor Ephraim, Roselyn Okiemute and Achibong Precious of all allegations.
They were accused by Chief Gbagi of stealing from Signatious Hotel & Suites.
The defendants were dragged before the Court on four-count charges by the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa in Charge No: ME/147c/2020.
Counsel to the defendant, Mr Kunle Edun Esq., who commended the court for serving justice in the matter, confirmed the court ruling in a statement signed and made available to journalists.
“The Prosecutor in the matter made an oral application to withdraw the charges on the ground that it was before the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID and that he was constructed to withdraw the charges after due investigation of the allegations as well as the inability of the nominal complainant, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, to report to the Police to prepare for trial.
“Counsel to the 1st Defendant on his own part informed the court that he was not opposed to the application for withdrawal.
“Counsel to the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Defendants, A.E. Akanyo Esq, aligned himself with the submission of counsel for the 1st Defendant and further submitted and applied that the matter ought to be struck for want of diligent prosecution as the prosecution overtime has shown clearly that the prosecution has no case against the Defendants as the court had ordered on the last adjourned date that the proof of evidence be served on the respective counsel for the defendants which was not obeyed by the prosecution.
“And as at today it showed clearly that they are not prepared even if the prosecution had not applied for withdrawal of the charge, it is due to be struck out.
“Upon due consideration of the submissions with Counsel on all sides including counsel watching brief for the complainant, the case was struck out based on the application of prosecution and upon the strength of S353 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Delta State2017, the charge against the defendants were struck out and the Defendants were discharged of all charges against them,” Edun stated.
Court strikes out charges against five Signatius workers in Delta
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