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THE STATE
V.
WILLIAMS & ORS.

(1978) JELR 45241 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.196/1975 ·  9 Feb 1978 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
(1978) All N.L.R 14 The State v. Williams(1978) 2 S.C. 7
CORAM
DARNLEY A.R. ALEXANDER JSC AYO GABRIEL IRIKEFE JSC GEORGE SODEINDE SOWEMIMO JSC

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section
offences
jurisdiction
federal laws
federal revenue court
learned trial judge
decree no.
mr. sogbesan
high court of lagos state
criminal code
excise management act
lagos state
exchange control act
federal revenue court decree
high court
lagos state high court
learned attorney general
criminal code of lagos state
charge
common law
criminal procedure
foreign exchange
interpretation act
ruling of bada j.
special cases
accused persons
appeal of the attorney general of lagos state
conclusion of arguments of counsel
counts of offences
creation of more states
cross appeal of the above respondents
face of the charge
federal territory
further consideration of section
good government of the region
g. s. sowemimo
laws of lagos state of nigeria cap
legislature of northern laws
penal code power
pleas of the accused persons
portion of the ruling of the learned trial judge
provisions of the exchange control act
respect of bankers
respect of banks
said offences
similar applications
submission of counsel
trial of such offences
virtue of this provision

G. S. SOWEMIMO, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): On Wednesday 7th December, 1977, we allowed the appeal of the Attorney General of Lagos state and dismissed a cross appeal of the above respondents against the ruling of Bada J. and indicated that we would give our considered reasons later. The three respondents along with three others were charged on an information containing 17 counts of offences under the criminal code of Lagos State. The offences comprise forgery, uttering and stealing.

Before the pleas of the accused persons were taken, Counsel for the 1st accused applied by way of motion to quash counts 1-15 of the charge on the following grounds:

"On counts 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 on the ground that the High Court of Lagos State has no jurisdiction to try the counts, it being patent on the face of the charge and the particulars thereof that they are causes or matters arising out of or relating to the Exchange Control Act 1962 and therefore triable only b…

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