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BERNARD OKOEBOR v. POLICE COUNCIL & ORS

(2003) JELR 12760 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.33/1999  •  2 May 2003  •  Nigeria

Coram
IDRIS LEGBO KUTIGI JSC; UTHMAN MOHAMMED JSC; ALOYSIUS IYORGYER KATSINA-ALU JSC; NIKI TOBI JSC; DENNIS ONYEJIFE EDOZIE JSC;

Judgement

N. TOBI, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): Constable Bernard Okoebor, the appellant, was enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force in May, 1983. He wore Force No. NP.136074. He was posted to 'B' Department, Signals Office, Police Headquarters, Benin-City. He worked there until 1985 when he was involved in a problem with the Police. He has told the story in his statement of claim. The summary of it goes as follows:

On or about the 19th day of February, 1985, the appellant was indicted by Deputy Superintendent of Police, A. Kalu for leaving his duty post where he was assigned and for receiving a bribe of ₦3.00. Mr. A. Kalu immediately punished the appellant with hard labour which involved leveling of a vast expanse of grassland.

Thereafter, Mr. Kalu set up machinery for appellant to be tried by Police Orderly Room. That was for the same alleged offences of leaving his duty post and receiving bribe of ₦3.00. Mr. A. Kalu was the chairman of the orderly room trial.

Appellant protested o…

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