EDET AKPAN V THE STATE

(1986) JELR 80232 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  SC. 159/84 ·  16 May 1986 ·  Nigeria
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(1986) NWLR (PT 27) 225
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KAYODE ESO, J.S.C. (Presided and Read the Lead Judgment) MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS, J.S.C. DAHUNSI OLUGBEMl COKER, J.S.C. ADOLPHUS GODWIN KARIBI-WHYTE, J.S.C. CHUKAWUDIFU AKUNNE OPUTA, J.S.C.
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ESO, J.S.C. (Presiding and Delivering the Lead Judgment): On Thursday. 27th February 1986, this appeal came before this Court, and having read the briefs filed by learned counsel, and listened to oral arguments, we dismissed the appeal, but reserved our reasons till today. I now give my reasons for dismissing the appeal.

The facts are short and I will state them herein. The Appellant had shot, and in the process, killed one Edet Etim Akpan. sometime in June 1980. The deceased and the 1st prosecution witness, one Offiong Etim Ekpenyong were servants to the Appellant. The Appellant had sent three people - the deceased, the witness and one Asuquo out in 20th June to buy cement. 1st prosecution witness drove the vehicle. They had a brush with the police who eventually towed the vehicle to the Local Government Office. The witness however did not submit the keys to the police who. after some further altercation, left and re-emerged with a bunch of keys which the police claimed they got from …

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