A federal high court sitting in Abuja presided by Hon. Justice E. S. Chukwu on Wednesday 9th October, 2013 granted leave to federal prosecutors to withdraw charges against Dr Silva Opuala-Charles, former Commissioner for Finance, Bayelsa State and 2 former senior Bayelsa state officials under the government of Chief Timipre Sylva.
On 30th September 2013 John Ainetor Esq leading Folorunsho Adedeji Esq for the prosecution applied for a Notice of Withdrawal of the original suit which was filed by the Federal Government in 2010
The Discharge Order of 9th October 2013 which struck out CHARGE No.FHC/ABJ/CR/55 immediately ordered the discharge of Dr. Silva Opuala-Charles (the former Commissioner of Finance) and his two co-defendants, namely Abbot T Clinton (Director of Treasury) and Ikhobo Anthony Howells (Director of Finance). The court further ordered that all sureties discharged and all property documents released to them forthwith.