Former Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Supo Shasore is now a free man, as the last of the troika of court cases levied against him by Federal Government agencies was today struck out by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

CITY LAWYER gathered that this followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Prosecutor Bala Sanga.

With the matter struck out, the defence team led by Wale Akoni, SAN and Chijioke Okoli, SAN applied for the release of Shasore’s international passport. The application was granted by the court.

CITY LAWYER recalls that two charges brought against Shasore on similar set of facts had earlier been struck out by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting at Abuja and Justice Mojisola Dada of the High Court of Lagos State.

Reputed for his candour, Shasore was recently exonerated of complicity by Justice Robin Knowles of the Commercial Courts of England and Wales in the shenanigans that bedeviled by controversial Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) Limited contract. The judgment was delivered in favour of the Federal Government after five years of legal frameworks which saw the court quash the $11 billion arbitration award in favour of P&ID.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Shasore last October before Justice Aneke over alleged money laundering to the tune of $200,000.

Shasore was arraigned on a four-count charge before Justice Aneke with a four-count charge marked FHC/L/447C/2022.

At the resumed hearing, the anti-graft agency counsel, led by Sanga, prayed the court to accept the information filed against the defendant and asked the defendant to take his plea.

Shashore, however, denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His defence team, led by four Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Yemi Candide-Johnson prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on liberal terms and on self-recognisance, saying that Shasore is not a flight risk and that the alleged offences are available. The prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga, did not oppose the request, saying that the prosecution was only interested in the merit of the case.

In his ruling, Justice Aneke admitted Shasore to bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum. The judge also directed that one of the sureties must be a permanent secretary or director in Lagos State civil service. He had then adjourned the case till November 24, 2022, for the commencement of the trial.

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