Magistrate Victoria Oyekpen of Oredo Magistrates’ Court, Benin, Friday March 13 discharged a man, Eken Uduka, 32, on one count charge of stealing N45,000 belonging to a business woman.
The Magistrate dismissed the charge following the prosecutor, Insp David Akhigbe’s request for withdrawal of the charge against the defendant.
Oyekpen however, held that she discharged the defendant of the charge not on merit.
At the resumed hearing of the case, Akhigbe urged the court to dismissed the case as the complainant, Mrs Grace Odionose had applied for the withdrawal of the charge against the defendant.
The complaint told the court that “the defendant has apologised to me and he has also promised to do my work”
“Besides, my house just got burnt and I do not have energy to continue with the case, so I want to withdraw the charge.”
The prosecutor had arraigned the defendant on one count charge of stealing.
Akhigbe alleged that on March 3, 2020 at New Benin, the defendant stole N45,000 property of Mrs Grace Odionose.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria, 1976, now applicable to Edo.
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