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MATTHEW THOMAS v. THE STATE

(2017) JELR 41779 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.384/2014  •  24 Feb 2017  •  Nigeria

Coram
MARY UKAEGO PETER-ODILI JSC; KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS JSC; KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN JSC; CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE JSC; EJEMBI EKO JSC;

Judgement

KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant was the 2nd of the three accused who were arraigned before the Ondo State High Court sitting at Akure on a two count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery contrary to Sections 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. The 1st and 3rd accused were Benjamin Friday and Nelson Friday respectively.

The Charge No.HOD/5C/2008 reads as follows:-

"COUNT 1

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

CONSPIRACY to commit armed robbery, contrary to and punishable under, Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

BENJAMIN FRIDAY, MATTHEW THOMAS and NELSON FRIDAY on or about the 1st day of February, 2008 at Ondo in the Ondo Judicial Division did conspire with one another to commit a felony, to wit armed robbery.

COUNT II

STATEMENT OF…

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