Magistrate A. Oshodi-Makanju of the Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court IV on Wednesday struck out the case filed against Usman Sunday because the complainant had settled out of court.
”It is clearly a waste of the court’s time, energy and resources to continue trial in this matter where both the complainant and the defendant have settled.
”The law gives room for parties to settle out of court and that seems to be the case in this matter.
”I will not subject this court to a journey that is unworthy of it, especially when an acceptable agreement had been reached by all concerned .
”I, therefore, order that the criminal proceedings against Sunday in my court be struck out,” the magistrate said.
In a similar vein, the prosecutor, Cpl Kemi Adeniran said that the police would not wish to continue to prosecute Sunday after an accord had been reached between the two parties.
”The police was instrumental to their settlement,” the prosecutor told the court.
Sunday, 34, a resident of No. 32, Odo-Irangunshi St., Odo-Irangushi, Epe, Lagos, was alleged to have committed theft.
Sunday was said to have stolen three shirts and one trouser belonging to one Moses Emughan on Nov. 20, 2015.
He was alleged to have stolen Emughan’s properties at No. 2, Tosawa St., Temu, Epe, Lagos, an offence punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2011.(NAN)


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