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SGT. MONDAY YAKUBU v. THE STATE

(2014) JELR 33195 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.196/2011  •  28 Feb 2014  •  Nigeria

Coram
WALTER SAMUEL NKANU ONNOGHEN JSC; MUHAMMAD SAIFULLAH MUNTAKA-COOMASSIE JSC; KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS JSC; KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN JSC; JOHN INYANG OKORO JSC;

Judgement

KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division delivered on 14/4/2011 affirming the conviction and sentence of the appellant by the High Court of Kogi State sitting at Egbe delivered on 11/5/2005.

The appellant along with four others was arraigned before the High Court of Kogi State, sitting at Egbe, on three counts of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and armed robbery punishable under Section 97(1), 221(a) and 298(b) of the Penal Code. The appellant was the 1st accused at the trial court. All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to each of the three counts. The prosecution called 9 witnesses and tendered 29 Exhibits, while the accused persons declined to testify on their behalf or call any witnesses.

The brief facts of the case are that on or about the 6th day of May, 2001 at Egbe in Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, around 12.45am the Appellant drove …

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