EFCC Withdraws Charges against Former FCT Minister

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Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tuesday withdrew the five-count charge it filed against former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed.

The charge marked CR/43/2016 was filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gudu.

When the case came up tuesday for his arraignment before Justice Abubakar Talba, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Larry Peters, applied to withdraw the charges on the grounds that the commission would like to put its house in order. Counsel to the former minister, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), did not oppose the application. Consequently, the charges were struck out by Justice Talba.

The former minister had also filed a motion for bail. The former minister who was last week released on bail upon order of court after weeks in custody, was in court with many relations, well-wishers and sympathisers.
He was arrested and detained since October 24, 2016, when he went to honour an invitation by the commission.