Supreme Court Set Aside Dr. Nwobike SAN Conviction

Relief has come the way of a convicted Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, as the Supreme Court set aside his conviction.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had charged Dr Nwobike, with attempt to pervert the course of justice.

In a unanimous decision, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, faulted the earlier decisions of the Lagos High Court and the Court of Appeal, Lagos, and proceeded to uphold Nwobike’s appeal.

It held among others that that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, lacks the power to investigate and prosecute the offence of perversion of the course of justice.

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Justice Ariwoola held that the High Court of Lagos was wrong in convicting Nwobike on the offence, while the Court of Appeal erred in upholding his conviction and sentencing on the offence of attempt to pervert the course of justice.

The apex court noted that Section 97(c) of Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) of Lagos State, under which he was charged, did not clearly define what constitutes perversion of justice.

The EFCC had among others, accused him of exchanging SMS with a court’s Registrar on the assignment of his cases and when such cases should be heard.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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