G. B. A. COKER, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant was charged and tried on an information containing four counts as follows:
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE-1ST COUNT
OFFICIAL CORRUPTION, Contrary to section 98(a) of the Criminal Code.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
Gabriel Chidume Azie, on or about the 24th day of May, 1972 at Owerri in the Owerri Judicial Division, being a person employed in the public service of the East Central State of Nigeria, to wit, Senior Medical Officer, and being charged with the performance of a duty, to wit, giving medical treatment to patients who attend the General Hospital, Owerri, for Medical treatment, by virtue of such employment, not being a duty touching the administration of justice, corruptly asked for the sum of 10 pounds from Christian Ekeocha for yourself in order to give medical treatment to one John Igwe in the discharge of the duties of your office.
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE-2ND COUNT
OFFICIAL CORRUPTION, Contrary to section 98(a) of the Crimin…