OLUDOTUN ADEBOLA ADEFOPE-OKOJIE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): ?This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court of Katsina State delivered by Hon. Justice I. B. Ahmed on 5th June 2014, convicting the Appellant for the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death pursuant to Section 221 of the Penal Code.
Dissatisfied with the judgment, the Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal, dated 28th August 2014, containing five Grounds of Appeal. Briefs of Argument were filed in accordance with the rules of Court.
In the Appellant's Brief of Arguments, dated and filed on 22/09/2014, settled by Lanre Olaoluwa, Bayo Omole and Bayo Adetomiwa of Matrix Solicitors, four issues for determination were raised, to wit:
1. Whether considering the circumstance-of the abandonment of the Appellant's case by his counsel and the failure of the trial judge to avail an opportunity of legal representation as guaranteed by the Constitution, the Appellant's right to fair hearing was not breache…