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JUDE ONWUZULIKE v. THE STATE

(2017) JELR 38273 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/E/571C/2014  •  15 Feb 2017  •  Nigeria

Coram
JOSEPH TINE TUR JCA; RITA NOSAKHARE PEMU JCA; MISITURA OMODERE BOLAJI-YUSUFF JCA;

Judgement

JOSEPH TINE TUR, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant was arraigned before the High Court of Justice of Anambra State of Nigeria, holden at Otuocha in Anambra Judicial Division before G.C. Anulude, J., on a charge of kidnapping contrary to Section 315(2)(a) of the Criminal Code, Anambra State (Amendment) Law, 2009. The charge was in the course of proceedings amended to read Section 315(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. The appellant pleaded not guilty to the amended charge which read as follows:

JUDE ONWUZULIKE on the 14th day of January, 2013 at Umueri, Anambra State Local Government Area, in the Anambra Judicial Division you unlawfully imprisoned CHINWUBA EKWENZE, within Anambra Judicial Division in such a manner as to prevent him from applying to Court for his release or disclosing to any other person the place where he is imprisoned or in such a manner as to prevent any person entitled to have access to him from discovering the place where he is imprisoned.

Section 315(…

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