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FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA v. AZIBAOLA ROBERT & 2 ORS

(2020) JELR 91606 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/A/452C/2018  •  23 Jul 2020  •  Nigeria

Coram
STEPHEN JONAH ADAH, JCA RIDWAN MAIWADA ABDULLAHI, JCA ABUBAKAR SADIQ UMAR, JCA

Judgement

STEPHEN JONAH ADAH, JCA (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an interlocutory appeal against the ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, delivered on the 29th day of March 2018, Coram: Nnamdi O. Dimgba J.

Facts in Brief:

Upon conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (an Anti-Corruption Agent of the Appellant), the appellant by an Amended Charge dated the 19th day of April, 2017 arraigned the Respondents before the trial court on a nine count charge bothering on the offences of Money Laundering and Conspiracy. (See pages 955–959 of Vol. 2 of the Record of Appeal).

The Respondents herein as Defendant pleaded not guilty and the matter went into full trial. The Prosecution in order to prove his case called 10 witnesses (i.e. PW1–PW10) and tendered 31 Exhibits and thereafter, closed his case on the 23rd January, 2018.

The Respondents through their counsel filed a No-Case Submission, dated the 15th February, 2018 but filed …

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