Edo State High Court directed by Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele, yesterday discharged and acquitted Mallam Ali Suleiman, a former acting board chairman of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) over charges verging on criminal scheme.
Conveying judgment in Benin City, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele struck out the case because of the failure of the examiner (EFCC) to seek after its case.
“Failure of the prosecutor to show up in court to pursue their case, Mallam Ali Suleiman has been discharged and acquitted,” he said.
Suleiman was summoned alongside others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for purportedly carrying out N1.5billion extortion during their time as members of the Board (SUBEB).
The EFCC on October 5, 2017 summoned the previous chairman of Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prince Stephen Alao and four different individuals from the board; Adams Osabuohie.
The others are; (head of money and organization), Dove Momodu, Mallam Ali Sulayman (acting board chairman) and Dr. Aisosa Amadasun before Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele of the Edo State High Court, Benin City, on charges verging on criminal intrigue, presenting degenerate benefit upon self and intentionally holding private interest in an agreement grant and abuse of office respectively.
In the mean time, Mallam Suleiman, while answering the judgment, said the court decision had shown that there is still expectation in the country’s legal framework.
He said: ”We express gratitude toward God for His mercy. All greatness to God. All the efforts to put us down didn’t work. I made up mind, by the beauty of God that I will see it through, since I realize that I am innocent, all along.
We express gratitude toward God for the profundity of judgment. We additionally thank the efforts of our attorneys and eventually God, who said honest people will not suffer.”
It couldn’t be affirmed at press time if the EFCC would appeal the judgment.