(2018) JELR 39031 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/E/27C/2017 ·  25 May 2018 ·  Nigeria
HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria JOSEPH TINE TUR Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria MISITURA OMODERE BOLAJI-YUSUFF Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
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police investigators
abakaliki judicial division ebonyi state
asstant chief state counsel
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course of the trial
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evidence of pw2
extra judicial statements of the appellant
guilt of the accused person
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laws of eastern nigeria
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HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of the High Court of Ebonyi State, Abakaliki Judicial Division, delivered by Hon. Justice B.A.N. Ogbu on 24/06/16 wherein the learned trial judge convicted the Appellant for the offence of murder and sentenced him to death by hanging.

The Appellant by the information filed on 6/11/09 was arraigned together with Amaechi Nworu, Michael Chukwu Obasi, and Chinedu Ekuma before the High Court of Ebonyi State, Abakaliki Judicial Division Ebonyi State on a one count charge of murder to wit:


MURDER contrary to Section 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 30 Vol. II, Laws of Eastern Nigeria as applicable in Ebonyi State.


Ikechukwu Nwafor, Amaechi Nworu, Michael Chukwu Obasi and Chinedu Ekuma on the 22nd day of August, 2008 at Okpoduma Road, Effium in Ohaukwu Judicial Division murdered one Moses Akpa Nwafor.

In proof of its case, the prosecution called fou…

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