Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has withdrawn a suit he filed against his ex-wife, Precious Chikwendu for attempted murder.
The Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed the suit following the application filed by the prosecution for the withdrawal of the case.
At the resumption of sitting on Thursday, prosecution counsel, John Ijagbemi, told Justice Inyang Ekwo after the matter was called for the defendants to take a plea, that he would like to withdraw the case.
Ijagbemi cited Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
“The matter was slated for re-arraignment of the defendants today,” he had told the court.
“However, we want to plead to your lordship for the withdrawal of the case.”
The prosecution further informed the court that the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police had received a letter from the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode) about his intention to withdraw the case.
After the counsel for Ms Chikwendu and others, Peter Abang, did not oppose the request, Justice Ekwo dismissed the suit.
In the amended 14 counts marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022 and dated and filed on April 28, Chikwendu was the 2nd defendant in the matter.
Other defendants in the trial include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu and Osakwe Azubuike as 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively, while others are said to be at large.
Speaking to reporters after the sitting, Abang described the withdrawal of the suit as “a welcomed development”.
On his part, Mr 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He said with the provision of ACJA, 2015, a charge could be withdrawn even until a judgment against any of the defendants or accused persons standing trial before the court.
The lawyer said the ex-minister, in his withdrawal of case letter, informed 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 families, 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that is really involved and we are interested in the peace and tranquillity of the family and that is why we have withdrawn it and it is our pleasure.”