Federal High Court discharges Okonkwo, Adesanya, Lawson

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Federal High Court discharges Okonkwo, Adesanya, Lawson

The Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division, on November 5, 2019, discharged the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, the former Executive Director, Sterling Bank, Mr. Lanre Adesanya and the former GED Finance of NNPC, Mr. Stanley Lawson from a court case which was initially brought after the EFCC began investigating allegations of election malpractices during the 2015 elections, involving diversion of NNPC funds.

The Federal Government discontinued the case and withdrew the charges, resulting in the discharges which were confirmed by the presiding judge, Hon. M.S. Hassan.

Numerous similar allegations involving other government agencies were made after the 2015 election, which saw the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which had been in power at the Federal level for 16 years, lose power to the All Progressives Party (APC).

Federal High Court discharges Okonkwo, Adesanya, Lawson
Federal High Court discharges Okonkwo, Adesanya, Lawson

There has been significant debate around these allegations with many observers seeing them as being politically motivated in order to discredit the PDP.

Notwithstanding this possibility, this publication is of the view that as far as such allegations are translated into court cases, as opposed to unlawful and indeterminate detention of individuals, then the rule of law will have prevailed whatever the outcome.