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JONAH LASE v. THE STATE

(2017) JELR 41955 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.532/2015  •  2 Jun 2017  •  Nigeria

Coram
OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR JSC; CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI JSC; AMIRU SANUSI JSC; PAUL ADAMU GALINJE JSC; SIDI DAUDA BAGE JSC;

Judgement

SIDI DAUDA BAGE, J.S.C.(Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal arose from the decision of the Court of Appeal, Akure Judicial Division delivered on the 9th July, 2015, in Appeal No. CA/AK/97C/2014. In the appeal, the Court affirmed the conviction and sentence imposed on the appellant by the High Court of Akure presided over by Justice A. O. Odusola in suit No AK/34C/2013 delivered on the 20th March, 2014.

The brief facts of the case are, the appellant and one Olusegun Oboro (1st Accused) allegedly Kidnapped one Dada Rachel Akinboye (deceased) an Eighteen months old baby who was sleeping with her mother at lkorigho, Ondo State and handed her over to one Theophilus Friday (3rd Accused) who subsequently murdered the deceased and removed her body parts. The Ikorigho community consulted their local deity "Ogbaji" to fish out those responsible for the kidnap, the name of the appellant and other accused persons were mentioned, as responsible for the act. The community after arresting t…

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