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THE AKWA IBOM STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY v. OBONG (ENGR.) FRANK OKON

(2016) JELR 33395 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/C/03/2013  •  27 Jan 2016  •  Nigeria

Coram
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED MUSA SAULAWA JCA; ONYEKACHI AJA OTISI JCA; PAUL OBI ELECHI JCA;

Judgement

ONYEKACHI AJA OTISI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, sitting at Uyo presided over by Honourable Justice Joy I. Unwana, J, delivered on July 18, 2012 in which the indictment of the Respondent by the Appellant in the report of the Ad-Hoc Committee that investigated the Ibom Science Park was declared null and void and of no legal consequence whatsoever.

The facts leading up to this appeal as discernable from the Record of Appeal are as follows:

The Respondent was sometime between 2003 and 2007, a Special Adviser on Technical Matters to the former Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, whose duties included advising on the Ibom Science Park Project, initiated by that administration. The responsibility of the Respondent was mainly to certify actual work done and to generally advise on the technical aspects of the project. Relying on the provisions of the Section 128 (2)(b) of the Const…

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