Nigeria withdraws corruption charges against Supreme Court chief registrar, 2 others

Nigeria's Supreme Court

The Federal Government on Tuesday withdrew the corruption charges brought against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, and two others.

Mr. Saleh was charged alongside Muhammed Sheriff, the Supreme Court’s Director of Finance and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief Accountant of the apex court.

Previous attempts to arraign the three defendants in the past were stalled.

At the resumed session on Tuesday, the prosecution counsel, Hajara Yusuf, informed the court that she was directed by the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the matter.

Mrs. Yusuf, however, did not give reasons for the withdrawal.

“My lord, I have been mandated by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the charges against the three persons,’’ she said.

Following the oral application, Justice Abba-Bello Muhammed, ordered for the withdrawal of the charges against the defendants.

The defendants were initially charged with conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and accepting gratification as public officers.

The defendants were accused of misappropriating N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court between 2009 and 2016.

The offence was in contravention of Section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.

The defendants were also charged with contravening the provision of Section 96 of the Penal Code.

The charge also alleged that they obtained gratification totaling N80 million contrary to the ICPC Act.

The Federal Government also alleged that the defendants obtained N2.4million gratification from Welcon Nigeria Ltd, N16million from Dean Musa Nig. Ltd.

The defendants were also alleged to have collected N19million from Ababia Ventures Ltd as gratification.

The companies were private contractors that provided services to the apex court.



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    And Government will not even bother with a Press Release explaining to the people they govern why the charges were withdrawn.

    NO respect for the people at all. They are running Government like a private estate where information is given to the people based on the mood of the Government on that particular day.

    When Government takes steps and actions they OWE it as a DUTY to explain the basis and reason behind those steps, decisions and actions. Its not a privilege or ‘gift’ to the people. Its a duty and the people deserve to know what their leaders are doing and why!

    They just have no respect for us.

    • Otunba

      What do you expect in a Country where a section is inhabited by some “Born to Rule” lords, while other segments are just born to follow! Remember that: “All Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” according to George Owen’s Animal Farm. We are not a Country in any way; just a Geographical expression. If we are a Country we should have been building Institutions instead of powerful individuals who are power drunk. They do not care because the people themselves do not know what power they have or have been deprived as a result of poverty.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Nigerians deserve to know what prompted the decision to withdraw the charges. The ministry of Justice is not a personal estate of Mr. Malami that is subject to his whims and caprices, so he must inform the nation why this course of action is in the public interest.

  • Gary

    I am sure the some of our media have reporters covering the judiciary and the Presidency. Let them ask the AGF or the administration for an explanation for why these public officials arrested and charged with so much fanfare as part of the crackdown on alleged corruption at the highest levels of our judiciary are now being quietly discharged. After being raked through the coals and their reputations shredded by media propaganda.

    Can’t help but notice too that they hail from Mr. Malami’s neck of the woods. Lucky fellows, pays to have your people in high places.

  • IG

    I defended this regime with all my blood, but now its clear this regime is worse than any regime i have ever seen in the history of Nigeria, The president has become a caricature dumb ass who is being controlled by his lieutenants. Now its clear this guy was not ready and ripe to be president of federal republic of Nigeria. He has failed woefully in every areas of government. WHAT IS NIGERIA TURNING TO GOD ALMIGHTY??????????????

  • JasV

    This goes to show that President Buhari was actually the driver of the war against corruption who they all fear. This is why this could be done only when he is absent. Mr Vice-President, if you are truly the son of your father, if you truly deserved to have married Pa Awolowo’s daughter, if you are truly a Professor of law and an Ijebu man of character, you have to carry this cross and deal with this hopeless goat called attorney general, malam of thieves.

  • Apostel

    Justice by bank account, or pigs among themselves

  • Otile

    I never knew a government can be this caricaturist. When will the presidency knock off al-Taqiyya in Nigerian politics?
    There is no need telling us that Buhari is hale and hearty, on vacation,
    not in any hospital, will resume duty soon. bla bla bla. They have
    made mockery of truth. With budget padding, certificate saga, promise
    of prosperity but delivering poverty, vowing to abolish medical tourism
    but lying about it, this government looks like fraud.