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RASHEED TAIWO OWOLABI v. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

(2018) JELR 38554 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/A/623C/2016  •  2 Mar 2018  •  Nigeria

Coram
TINUADE AKOMOLAFE-WILSON JCA; PETER OLABISI IGE JCA; EMMANUEL AKOMAYE AGIM JCA;

Judgement

TINUADE AKOMOLAFE-WILSON, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal presided by Hon. Justices Yakubu Umar and Agwadza Atedze delivered on 20th October, 2016.

The appellant, a retired public officer, who rose to the rank of Comptroller of Customs was arraigned before the Tribunal by the respondent on a one count charge for failure to declare his assets throughout his career as a public officer. The appellant immediately filed a preliminary objection challenging the competence of the charge filed against him. The Tribunal by a considered Ruling dismissed the objection and set the case down for hearing. The appellant dissatisfied, lodged an appeal against the Ruling and filed an application for stay of proceedings pending the determination of the appeal. While this was pending, the appellant on 27/4/16 filed a motion praying for the striking out of the charge against him on the allegations of graft against the Chairman o…

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