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OKECHUKWU OKOLO v. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

(2018) JELR 38480 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/K/24C/2016  •  22 Jun 2018  •  Nigeria

Coram
UZO IFEYINWA NDUKWE-ANYANWU JCA; MOHAMMED AMBI-USI DANJUMA JCA; OBANDE FESTUS OGBUINYA JCA;

Judgement

OBANDE FESTUS OGBUINYA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal queries the correctness of the decision of the High Court of Kano State, holden at Kano (hereinafter addressed as the lower Court), coram judice: Dije Abdu Aboki, J., in Charge No. K/EFCC08/2012, delivered on 5th June, 2014. Before the lower Court, the appellant and the respondent were the accused person and the complainant respectively.

The facts of the case, which gave birth to the appeal, are amenable to brevity and simplicity. On 11th October, 2011, the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc (now Access Bank Plc.) wrote a petition against two of its staff, Bright Evbogbai and the appellant, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC): one of the investigative and prosecutorial agencies in Nigeria. The petition alleged that the duo conspired and forged customers instructions on stolen letter heads and signatures and fraudulently transferred the sum of N9, 700, 000.00 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred Thou…

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