REPRIEVE came the way of the Directors of Folio Communications Limited and owners of Daily Times Limited, Fidelis and Noel Anosike, as a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday struck out the case of alleged stealing of N1.7 billion belonging to Daily Times instituted against them by the Federal Government.
Judge Habeeb Abiru struck out the case following the submission by the prosecution counsel, L.A. Sanusi, that it was yet to finish gathering information relating to the alleged crime, pleading with the court to adjourn the matter for two weeks.
Responding to the prosecution’s submission, Lead Defence Counsel, Babajide Koku (SAN), said the court had adjourned the case till yesterday for the prosecution to study the case file and put their house in order.
Koku argued that the prosecution would continue to delay the trial, stating: “It appears they are not ready to prosecute the case, otherwise they will not be asking for another adjournment. Your lordship gave them one month the other time and that should be enough to study the file. When they are ready, they can come back to the court. But for now, we urge your lordship to strike out the case”.
The judge held that “adjournment is not a matter of cause. The DPP has not stated any cogent reason, the charge is hereby struck out.
“If your home is not tidy, why should the people outside be made to suffer? It is not the number of times you appear in court that matters but how you use the adjournments. I gave you one month the last time and you are asking for more time”.
The judge, therefore, said the prosecution could come back to court whenever it was ready to prosecute the case.
The prosecution had at the last hearing on March 27, 2012, requested one month adjournment to enable it study the case file which then was just transferred to the Lagos Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN).
The Anosike brothers were dragged before the court for allegedly stealing N1.7 billion belonging to Daily Times.