By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja with case number FHC/ABJ/CR/88/2018 involving the Federal Republic of Nigeria versus Senator Albert Bassey Akpan and presided over by Honourable Justice J.T Tsoho has ruled that the Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property is competent to initiate criminal prosecution against Senator Albert Akpan Bassey or anybody it has investigated.
The Court further held that the Prosecutor of the Panel, Dr Celsus Ukpong is competent to sign or initiate criminal prosecution and doesn’t require the consent of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to do so.
The Court also said that the Panel doesn’t require to have the consent of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before it can initiate criminal prosecution against anybody.
Senator Albert Bassey Akpan was arraigned before the Federal High Court by the Panel for refusal to declare his assets contrary…