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Ibru: Court strikes out suit against EFCC

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday struck out a suit filed by a civil society group, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) seeking…

A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday struck out a suit filed by a civil society group, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial  Crimes Commission (EFCC) to begin the prosecution of Mr. Goodie Ibru, elder brother to the late Publisher of Guardian Newspaper, Alex Ibru.
The group had in the suit, sought prosecution of Ibru and one Sunday Akinsanya, both of whom are directors of IHL Services Limited.
In a motion of notice filed before the court, CSNAC sought for an order of mandamus directing the EFCC to furnish it with the report of the investigation on the allegations of impersonation, fraud, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing made against the duo.
The group argued that despite its request for the prosecution of the duo and upon the conclusion of investigations by the anti-graft agency, nothing was done.
When the matter was mentioned yesterday, there was no legal representation from the group and EFCC.
A mild drama, however, occurred when another group, known as the “Incorporated Trustees of Civil Society Network Against Corruption” stormed the court with an application seeking to be joined as co-defendant in the matter.
The group claimed in a motion on notice that they were in the court to protect its corporate name from unauthorised use and impersonation. It said that the “Civil Society Network Against Corruption,” does not have its consent and authority to institute the action in the first place.
Presiding Justice Ibrahim Buba struck out the matter for lack of diligent prosecution.
He also advised the party seeking to be joined as co-defendant in the matter to file a fresh suit before the court.

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