Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau state capital and presided over by Justice Musa Kurya, has struck out a suit filed by the Federal Government challenging Alh Abdullahi Adamu Usman and 25 orders including 16 Chinese for illegal mining activities in Kampany Zurak of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau state on Tuesday .
The Judge based his action on the application by the attorney general and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, requesting to withdraw the suit filed by the federal government challenging Alh Abdullahi Adamu Usman and 25 orders for illegal mining activities in Zurak Kampany.
He said: “I see no reason why I should reject the application so I hereby strike out the suit on the order of the attorney general of Nigeria .He also order the registrar of the court to released all the international passports of the 16 Chinese nationals which is still in his custody with immediate effect.”
He added that the lawyer who is the prosecution counsel has presented an application seeking for the withdrawal on the directive from the attorney general of Federation, saying, “any documents collected from them Danchina, Chinese working in Nigeria in their custody .
The Federal Government withdraw the suit under the order of Attorney General of the Federation on illegal mining against Danchina and 16 Chinese nationalist who are mining in Zurak Kampany .
The Prosecution counsel and Senior State counsel, Barr V. A Joshu said “based on express order from the attorney general of the federation we hereby apply before this honourable court to withdraw a suit earlier filed challenge the accused persons of illegal mining activities in Wase LGA .
Barrister J. E Danboyi, defendant counsel applauded the court for granting the order of the attorney general of the federation.