John Nnorom was accused of defrauding Air Nigeria of N15 million.
The Police Special Fraud Unit, SFU, has withdrawn charges of fraud and stealing against John Nnorom, a former Director at Air Nigeria.
Mr. Nnorom was accused of defrauding the now grounded airline, owned by business mogul Jimoh Ibrahim, $100,000 (N15 million) while he was a Director at the company.
The former Executive Director, Finance, of the airline resigned his appointment last year, although the company insisted he was sacked “for using his position to short-change the company in its financial transactions.”
In April last year, Mr. Nnorom wrote a petition in which he described Air Nigeria as a “flying coffin.”
He also accused Mr. Ibrahim, the billionaire Chairman of the airline, of diverting a N35.5 billion loan by the Bank of Industry into his NICON Investment Limited.
Air Nigeria fired back stating that Mr. Nnorom attempted to defraud the company of US$300,000 (N45 million) in a particular transaction with a Bureau De Change which he personally introduced to the airline.
The company also said that US$75,000 was recovered by the SFU from the former Director.
Mr. Nnorom denied all the claims.
“On the SFU recovery of $75,000 from me, I was never arrested, never invited by SFU, did not make any statement, I do not know how money was recovered from me,” said Mr. Nnorom.
When the matter came up recently, Effion Asuquo, the prosecution counsel, told the court that he had been instructed to withdraw the matter against Mr. Nnorom.
“We (SFU) have instructions from IG (Inspector-General) to withdraw this matter and ask for it to be struck out,” Mr. Asuquo, a Superintendent of Police, said.
A.O Adedayo, the magistrate, struck out the case on the application made by the prosecution and discharged and acquitted Mr. Nnorom.