Charge against Institute’s co-founder struck out
A Federal High court, Lagos has struck out three count charge of forgery preferred against the co-founder of Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Limited, Professor Joseph Mba due to lack of diligent prosecution.
On December 22, 2015 the police filed three count charge before the court accusing Mba of stating that the name of Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria Ltd/Gte has been changed to Institute Of Strategic Management which document was purportedly signed by him and one Dr. Austin Uwandulu, knowing same to be fake, with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of the company.
Police alleged further that Prof. Mba forged special resolution of an extra ordinary general meeting of the institute in which some persons were appointed directors of the company.He pleaded not guilty. Consequently he was granted bail while the case was adjourned for trial.
During the trial, the Police prosecutor called one witness, and after the first witness abandoned the case.
On May 28, 2019 trial Judge, Ayokunle Faji, ordered that hearing notice be served on the prosecution due to their several absence from court proceedings.
The same day, the defendants counsel, Ike Uko wrote to remind the prosecution in this regard. On the next adjourned day neither the prosecution nor witnesses were in court.
Consequently, after hearing Uko who urged the court to strike out the charge, the judge struck out the matter.
“The prosecution and witness being absent for five adjournments, it is hereby ordered as follows: that this charge is accordingly hereby struck out,” Justice Faji held.