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MR. UGOCHUKWU DURU v. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

(2013) JELR 36108 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.256/2006  •  8 Feb 2013  •  Nigeria

Coram
IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD JSC; JOHN AFOLABI FABIYI JSC; MARY UKAEGO PETER-ODILI JSC; OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA JSC; MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD JSC;

Judgement
<p>MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD, J.S.C. (Delivering the leading : ): This interlocutory appeal emanates from the decision of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, hereinafter referred to as the court below, striking out appellant's appeal for incompetence. The decision being appealed against is dated 6th day of June, 2005. The brief facts of the case on which the appeal predicates are hereunder supplied.</p><p> The appellant was tried and convicted in absentia on two counts at the Lagos Zone of the Failed Banks (Recovery of Debts and Financial Malpractices) Tribunal. He was sentenced to two and three years' imprisonment respectively on the two counts. The terms are to run concurrently.</p><p> Dissatisfied with the decision, the appellant sought leave to appeal against the tribunal's 23rd January, 2003 decision and filed his Notice of Appeal following the time extended by the court below for him to do so.</p><p> Parties subsequently filed and exchanged their briefs of argument and the appeal was fixed for…</p>

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