Court Strikes Out Charge Against Lagos Businessman

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The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has dismissed a charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against businessman Mr. Kassim Alim Adeleke and his company, Liquid Waves Energy Limited.

Justice Mojisola Dada issued the order after the anti-graft agency voluntarily withdrew the charge, identified as ID/15814C/2021

The EFCC informed the judge that the civil dispute between Adeleke and the complainant, CFS Financial Services Ltd, which led to the charge, had been amicably resolved by the involved parties

The court was informed through an affidavit of facts and a notice of withdrawal of the complainant’s petition to the Commission that the charge stemmed from a simple civil and commercial transaction involving an auto lease finance contract. This dispute was successfully resolved, and the parties restored their business relationship.

During the proceedings on July 13, the defense counsel informed the Court that the voluntary withdrawal of the complaint against the defendants indicated the Commission’s lack of interest in pursuing any charge against the defendant.Upon confirming the Affidavits deposed by the complainant, stating the withdrawal of the complaint and the lack of interest in the case, the court dismissed the charge.

Justice Dada stated, “Upon this matter coming up today, the 13th day of July. 2022 before this honorable court for further report:

“And after hearing Ahmed Yerima for the Prosecution and Counsel to the defendant Defendants.

“Counsel to defendants informed the court that the Defense has filed an Affidavit of facts dated 14/06/2022 and another one dated 15 06/2022 and also a notice of withdrawal of the petition to the Commission.

“Mr. Yerima confirmed that he received these Affidavits of facts and leaves the matter to the discretion of the Court.

“The court ordered as follows: ‘That the matter be and is hereby accordingly struck out’.”

Mr. Adeleke and his company had been charged by the EFCC in February 2022 following a complaint by the firm.

However, he pleaded not guilty and protested his innocence through his lawyer.

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