(2003) JELR 44838 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/L/431/02 ·  27 Mar 2003 ·  Nigeria
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Omodara v. State [2004] 1 NWLR (Pt.853)80
Omodara v. State (2004) 1 NWLR (Pt. 853) 80
JAMES OGENYI OGEBE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria SULEIMAN GALADIMA Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria PIUS OLAYIWOLA ADEREMI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
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SULEIMAN GALADIMA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal is against the ruling of the High Court of Justice of Lagos State delivered on 18/10/2002 by Hon. Justice A. A. Oyebanji.

The appellant, an applicant for bail in the lower court; was a public officer in the State Security Service and the Chief Security detail to the then Deputy Governor of Lagos State Mrs. Chief Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele. He was accused of the murder of one Odunola Alli on 5/5/2000. Before his arraignment, he was remanded in prison custody by a Lagos Chief Magistrate court. On 10/10/2000, a Lagos High Court admitted him to bail pending the conclusion of investigation.

However, on 19/9/2002, by information made under the hand of the Director of Public Prosecution of Lagos State, the appellant was formally charged with murder contrary to section 319(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 32, Laws of Lagos State. An application for bail was moved but the learned trial Judge dismissed it on 18/10/2002 with …

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