THE police have withdrawn the charges of fraud and stealing levelled against a former Director of Finance of the suspended Air Nigeria, Mr John Nnoron, before a Lagos magistrates’ court.
Nnorom and his company are before the court on allegations of stealing of $100,000 belonging to the airline.
At the resumed hearing of the matter before Chief Magistrate A. O. Adedayo of the Tinubu Magistrate court, the prosecutor, Mr Effion Asuquo, told the court that he had been instructed to withdraw the matter, though he did not tell the court details of who passed the instruction or the reason he was instructed to withdraw the matter. “We have instructions to withdraw this matter and ask for it to be struck out,” he said.
Consequently, Magistrate Adedayo struck out the case on the application made by the prosecution.
The former Director of Finance and his company, Cotrac Global Enterprises, were, in July 2012, arraigned before the court on a two-count charge over allegations of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
The alleged offence, the prosecutor informed the court, was punishable under Sections 409 and 312 (1)(2)(3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
Nnorom and his company were alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of $100,000 in March 2012, from Air Nigeria by falsely pretending he would sell the naira equivalent of the amount to Air Nigeria.
However, after several adjournments, the police told the court that it had been ordered to withdraw all the charges against Nnorom at the last sitting on the matter.