Lagos High Court convicts Senior Advocate of justice perversion

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike, has been convicted of 12 counts  on allegation of inducement to pervert the cause of justice by a Lagos High Court.

On another five counts of giving gratification and one count of making false statement, Nwobike was acquitted by Justice Raliat Adebiyi.

The charges against Joseph Nwobike was brought to court by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on five count charges on March 9.

The charges were later amended by the EFCC on two different occasions, each time leading to the re-arraignment of the SAN.

EFCC, in the charges, claimed that Nwobike offered N750,000 and N300,000 gratifications to Justices Mohammed Yunusa and Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, respectively both judges are federal high court judges.

EFCC counsel, Mr Oyedepo, argued that the money was allegedly meant to prevent the cause of Justice which is section 97 (3) of the criminal law of Lagos state.

Lead counsel for Joseph Nwobike, Mr Akoni (SAN), in his final arguments said that the EFCC failed to substantiate its allegations against him and urged the court to discharge and acquit his client.

He added that contrary to the claim by the EFCC, the N750,000 that Nwobike gave to Justice Yunusa was not a bribe but “for the specific purpose of helping the (sick) mother of the gentleman.”



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