The Nigerian Government on Tuesday withdrew charges of fraud filed against Ahmed Saleh, Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, at a federal capital territory (FCT) high court, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Saleh was charged alongside Muhammed Sheriff, the Director of Finance, and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief Accountant of the apex court.
In November 2016, the Attorney-General of the Federation had filed a nine-count charge of fraud to the tune of N2.2bn against the trio of the apex court.
NAN also reports that previous attempts to arraign the three defendants in the past were stalled.
At the resumed session, the Prosecution Counsel, Hajara Yusuf, informed the court that she was directed by the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the matter.
Yusuf, however, did not advance reasons for the withdrawal.
Yusuf said: “My lord, I have been mandate from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the charges against the three persons.”
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 apex bank 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.