By Abdulwahab Abdulah and Jane Echewedo
THE protest by some lawyers in the open court against discontinuation of alleged $8.8m criminal suit against a British citizen, Deepak Khilnani and an Indian, Sushil Chandra by the Lagos State Attorney-General, AG, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, has raised issues bordering on the power of the Attorney General to discontinue a criminal case.
Specifically, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja had on July 13, 2017 struck out charges preferred by the state against the duo of Khilnani and Chandra, describing it as frivolous, arising from the notice of discontinuance filed by the state Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mrs Titi Shita-Bey, subsequent to a review of the case by the AG, Adeniji Kazeem. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended in section 211(1)(c) empowers the AG…
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