EFCC Withdraws Money Laundering Charge Against Former Attorney-General

At the court session on Thursday, Bala Sanga, EFCC counsel, told the judge that Lateef Fagbemi, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has directed the agency via a letter, to withdraw the charge.

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Olasupo Shasore
 

The money laundering charges filed against the former Attorney-general of Lagos state, Olasupo Shasore have been withdrawn by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Shasore was arraigned alongside his company, Middlesex Investments Ltd, on a 14-count charge of money laundering before Inyang Ekwo, a judge, in November 2022.

At the court session on Thursday, Bala Sanga, EFCC counsel, told the judge that Lateef Fagbemi, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has directed the agency via a letter, to withdraw the charge.

Shasore’s counsel, Olawale Akoni, did not oppose the application.

“We will humbly be asking the defendant to be discharged,” Akoni said.

Consequently, the judge granted the application and discharged the defendants.

The AGF’s letter addressed to the EFCC chairman was titled: “RE: Review of All Civil and Criminal Proceedings Between Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) and Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN).”

The letter dated November 23 with reference number DPPA/OLASUPO/345/23 informed the EFCC “that the above charges were being reviewed in the light of recent developments in Process & Industrial Developments Limited vs. The Federal Republic of Nigeria (CL-2018-000182) and The Federal Republic of Nigeria vs. Process & Industrial Developments Limited (CL-2019-000752).

“Consequently, you are hereby directed, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 105(1) & 108(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to withdraw the said charges with immediate effect and revert on compliance promptly.”
 

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