(1983) JELR 80247 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  SC.69/1972 ·  18 Mar 1983 ·  Nigeria
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ATANDA FATAYI-WILLIAMS..... Justice, Supreme Court MOHAMMED BELLO..... Justice, Supreme Court CHUKWUWEIKE IDIGBE..... Justice, Supreme Court ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI..... Justice, Supreme Court KAYODE ESO..... Justice, Supreme Court AUGUSTINE NNAMANI..... Justice, Supreme Court MUHAMMADU LAWAL UWAIS..... Justice, Supreme Court
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NNAMANI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Lead Judgment):

On 8th July, 1980, 23 accused persons were arraigned before OBI-OKOYE, C.J. sitting at the Langtang High Court, Plateau State charged with various offences against sections 229(1), 85 and 97 of the Penal Code (Cap. 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963). These offences arose out of an incident on 18th July 1979 at BASHAR WASE, Local Government area of Plateau State in which ALHAJI ABDULKADIR ZAKARI who had just been elected a Member of the House of Representatives was attacked with knives horns, stones and sticks allegedly by members of a rival political party. The1st respondent Alhaji Salihu Mohammed Gwonto was Alhaji Abdulkadir's opponent in the said election. At the end of a trial in which 9 witnesses testified, the learned trial Chief Judge discharged 7 of the accused persons, convicted the rest and sentenced them to various terms of imprisonment (or in some cases fines). The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th accused persons, who are respondents…

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