(2018) JELR 46261 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.613/2017 ·  9 Feb 2018 ·  Nigeria
MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria JOHN INYANG OKORO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria EJEMBI EKO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
trial court
federal high court
prima facie case
okey nwosu
criminal code
exclusive jurisdiction
court of appeal
proof of evidence
advance fee fraud
criminal matters
high court of lagos state
lagos high court
lower court
offences act
criminal jurisdiction
decision of the high court of lagos state
exercise jurisdiction
laws of lagos state
legal practitioners
resolution of the issue
revenue of the federal government
state v
administration of criminal justice act
brother chima centus nweze jsc
count information
decision of the lower court
deliberate attempt
determination of the appeal
disposal of this appeal
first issue
head of the financial control of the fourth defendant
hearing of this appeal
humble view
intendment of the constitution
intimate reading of the principal complaints
issues of the respondent
lagos division
leading judgment
respect of causes
said ruling of the high court
said sections
senior counsel
state law
subject matter of charge no. id
such jurisdiction

CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE, J.S.C.(Delivering the Leading Judgment): At the High Court of Lagos State, a Nine Count Information was preferred against the appellant here and others. Sometime in 2014, precisely, on October 28, 2014, the Prosecution filed an Amended Information. As he did with regard to the earlier Information, the appellant sought for an order quashing the charge preferred against him - an application that was dismissed on February 17, 2016. Having unsuccessfully challenged the said Ruling of the High Court throughout this judgment, simply, called ["the trial Court"] at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, [hereinafter referred to as "the lower Court"] the appellant has now, approached this Court, urging it to set aside the decision of the lower Court.

He seeks the Court's determination of the two issues which he framed thus:

1. Whether the Court of Appeal was right when it held that the Lagos High Court can exercise criminal jurisdiction in this matter considering that the subje…

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