Company Sues Lagos DPP Over Failure To Issue Legal Advice



A limited liability company, Dangroup Investment and Finance Limited has dragged the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Lagos State before an Ikeja High Court, urging the court to compel the DPP to issue Legal Advice in a case which file has been sent to it since December 14, 2016.

Joined as co -respondent in the suit is the Attorney General of Lagos State.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the company, Barrister Olusegun Alalade has written a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, urging the commission to investigate seven officials working in the office of the DPP Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja including the state Directors of the Public Prosecution between September, 2015 to date for corruptly exploiting the power of their respective positions to suppress and prevent the prosecution of a criminal complaint lodged with and investigated by the Zone two Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Onikan Lagos.

The Dangroup company had on October 5, 2015 lodged a written criminal complaint for investigation to the zone 2, Command of the Nigerian Police Force.

The Police carried out their investigations over a period of about 12 months and came up with criminal indictments against three persons, namely Olufemi ALalade,Olusola Alalade and Raphael Gbadebo Olatunde.

The Police due to the persistent interference of a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police exercise caution by first sending the Police duplicate file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice and refrained from charging the suspects to court until legal advice is received from the office of the DPP.

However, some official of the DPP office listed in the petition were alleged to with the assistance of the retired Deputy inspector General of Police name  (withheld)  conspired together to suppress and prevent any action been taken on the matter.

Alalade in his affidavit averred that the failure to offer legal opinion for 13 months without explanation is abandonment of their official duty in which the court should intervene on his behalf, consequently, he urged the court to grant his request by compelling the respondents to offer legal advice

Meanwhile, the respondent has filed an application for extension of time to file their response after the Presiding Judge, Justice O.A. Adamson has fixed May 18, 2018 for judgement.


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