June 5, 2023

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos today struck out the N32.6M charge preferred against iyalaje oodua, Princess Toyin Kolade.

The Presiding Judge Peter Lifu threw out the charge sequel to a withdrawal application made by the attorney general of the Federation. The counsel from the office of the AGF Pius Akutah applied to withdraw the charge as a result of a letter from the nominal Complainant Access Bank PLC.

Counsel to Princess Toyin Kolade, Barrister Dele Adeshina SAN commended the conduct of the prosecution as being a professional one by withdrawing the charge after the objection is been raised to other defendants. Dada Awosika SAN also commended the prosecution on the withdrawal but he urged the court to dismiss the charge and acquit the defendants because the charge flaw from a business transaction.

Justice Lifu in his ruling said that since the case was not heard on its merit but merely withdrawn before the trial commenced, the appropriate other to make is to strike it out. The charge struck out accordingly and the defendants are hereby discharged alongside six others before the court by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) in charge marked FHC/407C/2019 for allegedly obtaining the aforementioned sum by the pretense.

Charged along side others are four indian nationals Prem Garg, Devashish Garg, Bhagwan Simgh Rawat and Mukul Tyagi as well as two Britains, Marcus Wade and Andrew Fairies said to be at large. Four companies also namely Metal Africa Steel Products Ltd, Wilben Trade Ltd, Kannu Aditya India Ltd, as well as the socialite business, Fisolak Global Resources Limited were also charged before the court for the same offences.

The business woman equally appreciated the legal team which comprises a top legal luminary Mr Dele Adeshina (SAN), Barr Olapede Awolowo and Barr Bimpe Ajegbomogun Sanusi that fought for justice and all that stood by her especially the well-wishers after the judgement was delivered.

Marvelous Ogidi

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