By Onozure Dania
Lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, struck out a suit challenging the position of Mr Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC.
A rights activist, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had filed the suit, seeking an order to restrain Magu from holding the office in acting capacity.
Adegboruwa also urged the senate not to entertain any further request for the confirmation of Magu as chairman.
Defendants in the suit were the senate, the Attorney-General of the federation, the EFCC and Magu.
At the resumed hearing in the matter, yesterday, trial judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, struck out the suit, following Adegboruwa’s application to withdraw the suit.
Counsel to the applicant, Mr Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, while addressing the court, explained that his client had decided to discontinue with the case.
Oyetibo said that soon after he took over the case, he had to convince the applicant on the need to withdraw the case to encourage Magu in his current war against corruption
He said: “There is need to give Magu the opportunity to continue the anti-corruption campaign of the present administration and since this case may affect his confirmation, it is better to discontinue it.”
The defence counsel, Mr Wahab Shittu, who did not oppose the application for withdrawal, argued that the move would boost the anti-corruption war.
Olatoregun accordingly struck out the suit as prayed.
Adegboruwa in his 39-paragraphs affidavit in support of his earlier application for dismissal of Magu, traced his appointment back to November 9, 2015.