NKIE
V.
FRN

(2014) JELR 39872 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.174/2011 ·  9 May 2014 ·  Nigeria
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Nkie v. F.R.N. (2014) 13 NWLR (Pt. 1424) 305
CORAM
WALTER SAMUEL NKANU ONNOGHEN Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria SULEIMAN GALADIMA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria BODE RHODES-VIVOUR Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria KUMAI BAYANG AKAAHS Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria JOHN INYANG OKORO Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
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appellant
plea
confessional statement
accused person
criminal procedure act
trial court
essentials of the offence
learned counsel
evidence act
exhibits
lower court
sentence of the appellant
commission of the offence
inspector general of police
learned trial judge
chemist report
conviction of the appellant
court of appeal
exhibit a
federal high court
guilty plea
sufficient cause
grammes of cocaine
leading judgment
port harcourt
exhibits a
jurisdiction of this honourable court
learned justices of the court of appeal
record of appeal
spite of the plea
allegation of criminal breach
cases of stephenson v
charge sheet
count charge
entry of a guilty plea
following exhibits
further submission of the learned counsel
legal consequences of a guilty plea
legal services
local government area of rivers state
lone issue
national drug law enforcement agency
paragraphs g
said submission
tender documents
unlawful possession of substances

JOHN INYANG OKORO, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): On the 22nd August, 2008, at Zaakpim Road Junction in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested the Appellant for being in unlawful possession of substances suspected to be cocaine weighing 0.4 grams.

On 25th August, 2008, the Appellant made a statement to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials wherein he confessed and admitted commission of the offence. At the end of investigation the Appellant was arraigned before a Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt in a one count charge which states:

"That you FRANCIS NKIE, male, adult on or about the 22nd day of August, 2008 at Zaakpim Road Junction, Khana Local Government Area Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court without lawful authority did knowingly possessed (sic) 0.4 grammes of cocaine, a narcotic drug and thereby committed an offence punishable under sectio…

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