A Federal High Court 5 sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, headed by Justice I. N. Buba has issued a writ of summons to the Chairman of Citi Bank, Chief C. S. Sankey; its former Managing Director, EmekaEmuwa now Managing Director of Union Bank Plc and its Legal Adviser/Company Secretary, Mrs OlusolaFagbure to appear before it on Monday, January 25, this year in the N10.7 billion criminal charge preferred against them and 14 others by the Federal Government.
The bankers allegedly defrauded Emerah, an Onitsha-based business mogul and Chairman/Managing Director of Micmerah Group of Companies Limited, of huge sums of N10.7billion in 2001 under the pretence of assisting him to import luxury buses and motor spare parts.
In the writ of summons, the AGF also ordered the restoration of the Attorney-General’s fiat earlier granted to the prosecution counsel, Chief Chris Uche (SAN) to prosecute the case on behalf of the government but which was dropped by the former AGF, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) when he discontinued the case in 2011.
The order came as a result of the action of Adoke who entered a notice of discontinuance (nolleprosequi) of the case in May 2011 and at the same time withdrew the fiat earlier granted to Uche
In a letter conveying Buhari’s order to the complainant in the case, the Deputy Director of Prosecution of the Federation (DDPF) in the Federal Ministry of Justice, M. Abdullahi stated that Buhari’s order to re-open the case for the interest of justice, was in line with his administration’s change mantra and his determination to revisit all high-profile fraudulent cases, aimed at stamping out corruption within the system in all facets of the nation’s economy.
In the conveyance letter, dated August 10, 2015 and captioned: “Re: Petition against the fraudulent withdrawal of criminal charge No. FHC/CR/122/08 between the Federal Republic of Nigeria Versus Nigeria International Bank Ltd (Citi Bank) and 16 others”, the DDPF quoted a strongly worded petition written to Buhari by the complainant, Emerah as saying that it was suspicious that the former AGF, who earlier advised Jonathan to prosecute the accused persons in court, later entered a notice of discontinuance and at the same time withdrew the AGF’s fiat granted to the prosecution counsel.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, AbubakarMalami (SAN) to relist the case of fraud committed against Micmerah Group Chairman, Chief Michael Emerah by International Bank Limited (Citi Bank) and Union Bank bosses alongside 14 others.