The Court docket of Enchantment has voided the conviction of 4 corporations linked by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee EFCC to Dr. Waripamo Owei Dudafa, former aide to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC had claimed that the businesses have been holding funds allegedly belonging to Dame Endurance Jonathan, spouse of the previous President.
EFCC had arrested and charged Dudafa, Mr. Amajuoyi Briggs, a lawyer who was the secretary to all the businesses, Demola Bolodeoku, a financial institution official and the businesses to courtroom on a 15-count cost.
A few of the witnesses delivered to courtroom in the middle of trial testified that they knew nothing concerning the corporations however nonetheless modified their not responsible and pleaded responsible on behalf of the businesses.
Counsel to the 4 corporations Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN had challenged their pleas of guilt on the trial federal excessive courtroom however the problem was refused.
Chief Ozekhome in an announcement at present made the Court docket of Enchantment judgment public including that it was delivered by way of zoom.
The senior lawyer stated that In a properly thought-about judgment, the Court docket of Enchantment put aside the conviction of Transocean Property & Funding Firm Ltd, Seagate Property Improvement & Funding Ltd, Pluto Property & Funding Firm Ltd and Avalon International Property Improvement Firm Ltd.
The 4 corporations have been stated to have been convicted by Hon. Justice Babs Kuewumi of the federal excessive courtroom on the 2nd day of November, 2016.
The convictions of the 4 corporations have been held to be a nullity having been accomplished in gross disregard to statutory and constitutional provisions.
On the Federal Excessive Court docket, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN led a group of legal professionals to problem the convictions of the businesses and sought that the convictions be put aside.
The trial courtroom Choose, Babs Kuewumi nonetheless refused to put aside the conviction.
Within the 4 briefs of enchantment settled by Ige Asemudara, the appellants within the totally different however associated appeals contended that the circumstances of the conviction of the businesses being a nullity, is one by which the courtroom may put aside its personal determination.
He urged the Court docket of Enchantment to permit the enchantment and put aside the conviction.
The Court docket of Enchantment in its judgment was stated to have agreed with the appellants and put aside the conviction of the 4 corporations particularly in view of the truth that the validity of the plea of guilt which was challenged by the appellants was nonetheless but to be decided earlier than the convictions have been made.
The appellate courtroom held that the convictions of the 4 corporations breached the honest listening to provisions of the structure.
The lead judgment was learn by Hon. Justice C. N. Uwa whereas Justices Tunde Awotoye and Abundaga agreed with the lead judgment.
The counsel current on the Zoom assembly have been Ige Asemudara for the appellants (all the businesses) with him have been Ejieke Onuoha and Azubuike Solomon Akpe whereas Rotimi Oyedepo with A. O. Mohammed appeared for the respondents.
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