A Lagos Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba yesterday, struck out a suit filed by an NGO, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, seeking for an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to begin the prosecution of Mr. Goodie Ibru, the elder brother to the late Publisher of Guardian Newspaper, Alex Ibru, for lack of diligent prosecution.
The NGO had in its motion on notice filed before the court sought for an order of mandamus directing the EFCC to furnish it with the investigation report on the alleged impersonation, fraud, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing made against Ibru and one, Sunday Akinsanya who are both Directors of IHL Services Limited.
The group is also seeking for the prosecution of the duo by the anti-graft agency.
The group had argued that despite its request for the prosecution Ibru and Akinsanya, and that upon the conclusion of investigations by the EFCC, nothing has been done.
At the Monday’s proceedings there was no legal representation for the NGO and the EFCC.
A new development however, happened at the Monday’s proceedings as another group known as the ‘Incorporated Trustees of Civil Society Network Against Corruption’, appeared before the court with an application seeking to be joined as a co-defendant in the matter.
In its motion on notice, the group claimed that it has come to the court to protect its corporate name from unauthorized used and impersonation.
It said the ‘Civil Society Network Against Corruption’, does not have its consent and authority to institute the action in the first place.
The party seeking to be joined further claimed that it is the legal person duly registered with the name with which the suit was filed and that it is the only one entitled to maintain any action.
Justice Buba while expressing his displeasure at the lack of legal representation for both the Civil Society Network Against Corruption and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, struck out the suit.
He thereafter advised parties seeking to be joined as co-defendant in the matter to file a fresh suit to press home its grievances.


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