Human Rights

Supreme Court quashes conviction of senior advocate

Supreme Court quashes conviction of senior advocate

 

The Supreme Court has overruled the conviction of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike, after a lower and Appeal courts found him guilty

Nwobike was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before a Lagos State High Court for the perversion of justice.

In an 18 counts charge bordering on attempts to pervert the course of justice, offering gratification to a public officer and giving false information to an EFCC official, the suspect was convicted in 2018 by Justice Raliatu Adebiyi  on 12 of the counts.

The conviction of Nwobike led to his being stripped of his SAN title.

However, dissatisfied with his conviction, he rushed to the Court of Appeal which upheld the conviction.

A five-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday quashed the conviction ruling that the EFCC lacked the power to prosecute anyone for the offence of perversion of justice.

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