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Fani-Kayode discontinues case against estranged wife

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the Former Minister of Aviation on Thursday, discontinue the case of an attempted murder filed against Ms Precious Chikwendu, his estranged wife.

John Ijagbemi, the Prosecution counsel, informed Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja shortly after the case was suspended for the accused to take a plea.

“The matter was slated for re-arraignment of the defendants today.

“However, we want to plead to your lordship for the withdrawal of the case,” he said.

Ijagbemi revealed that the Commissioner of Police in FCT has received a letter from the initiator of the case who’s also the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode) about his wish to discontinue the case.

He also added that the withdrawal of the suit was in line with the provision of Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

The Justice has agreed to discontinue the case as the legal practitioner to Ms Chikwendu and others, Peter Abang, did not maintain an opposition to the request.

Abang while addressing journalists shortly after the legal sitting, described the discontinuance of the case as “a welcomed development.”

Ijagbemi said “the complainant, via the prosecution, has the unfettered power to withdraw a charge before the court.”
He said with the provision of ACJA, 2015, a charge could be withdrawn even until judgment against any of the defendants or accused persons standing trial before the court.

The lawyer revealed that the former minister, in his withdrawal letter, said that “the whole family members had sat and amicably resolved the matter without any rancour or recourse to previous occurrences and they are happily standing and living together in love and in harmony.

“And we, being an institution of government saddled with the responsibility of protection of lives and property, seeking peace and order in the society including individual family, we are glad to apply for the withdrawal of this case against the defendants.

“You all know that it is the family that is really involved and we are interested in the peace and tranquility of the family and that is why we have withdrawn it and it is our pleasure.

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