The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has withdrawn the money laundering charge filed against a former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Olasupo Shasore.
Shasore was arraigned alongside his company, Middlesex Investments Ltd., on a 14-count charge of money laundering before Justice Inyang Ekwo in November 2022.
At the day’s proceedings, counsel for the EFCC, Bala Sanga, told the judge that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, has directed the anti-graft agency, via a letter, to withdraw the charge.
Counsel to Shasore, Olawale Akoni, did not oppose the application.
Justice Ekwo subsequently granted the application and discharged the defendants.
The AGF’s letter addressed to the EFCC chairman was titled “RE: Review of All Civil and Criminal Proceedings Between Process and Industrial Developments Ltd. (P&ID) and the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN).”
The letter dated November 23 with reference number DPPA/OLASUPO/345/23 informed the EFCC “that the above charges were being reviewed in the light of recent developments in Process & Industrial Developments Limited vs. The Federal Republic of Nigeria (CL-2018-000182) and Process & Industrial Developments Limited (CL-2019-000752).
“Consequently, you are hereby directed, according to the provisions of Sections 105(1) and 108(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, to withdraw the said charges with immediate effect and revert to compliance promptly.”
The former Lagos Attorney-General had represented Nigeria in the P&ID case.
P&ID had won a $9.6 billion judgement against Nigeria in a British court.
The potential payment had accumulated to over $11 billion, going by the interest rate.
The company claimed it entered into a contract to build a gas processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State.
The firm added that the deal collapsed because the Nigerian government did not fulfil its end of the bargain.
The federal government accused Shasore of compromising the case in favour of P&ID.
However, Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Courts of England and Wales ruled on October 23 in favour of Nigeria in the enforcement of a $11 billion P&ID Limited arbitration award.
According to the judge, the award against Nigeria by the company was obtained by fraud.
Justice Knowles also absolved Shasore of corruption allegations in the case.