Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, withdrew his attempted murder lawsuit against Precious Chikwendu on Thursday.
Following his reconciliation with Ms. Chikwendu, Mr. Fani-Kayode withdrew the case from the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The case was dismissed by Justice Inyang Ekwo after the prosecution’s attorney, John Ijagbemi, informed him of the choice made by the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode).
“The matter was slated for re-arraignment of the defendants today. However, we want to plead to your lordship for the withdrawal of the case,” he said.
Ijagbemi claimed that Fani-Kayode had written the FCT Commissioner of Police to inform him that he intended to drop the case.
He claimed that Section 108 of the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) made provision for the dismissal of the charge.
Peter Abang, the attorney for Ms. Chikwendu and others, did not object to the request.
In the amended 14-count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022 dated and filed on April 28, Chikwendu was the second defendant in the matter.
Other defendants in the trial include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu and Osakwe Azubuike as first, third and fourth 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, 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He said with the provision of ACJA, 2015, a charge could be withdrawn even until judgment against any of the defendants or accused persons standing trial before the court.
The lawyer said Fani-Kayode, in his withdrawal of case letter, said 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 family, 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family that is really involved and we are interested in the peace and tranquility of the family and that is why we have withdrawn it and it is our pleasure.”