Drama As Nigeria Police Lawyer Goofs During Trial Of Pharmacist Detained Over Comments On Buhari

There was a gentle drama on the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday when a police lawyer, Victor Okoye fumbled for phrases whereas making an attempt to quote an authority to assist his argument. 

He additionally couldn’t bear in mind the identify —Nigerian Weekly Law Report (NWLR ), calling it NOLR, which led to about 5 minutes of silence on court docket. 

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And when the choose requested him what NOLR means, he mentioned he didn’t know. 

This occurred on the resumed listening to of the case involving a younger pharmacist, Solomon Akuma, who was arrested on April 2, 2020 in Aba, Abia State for a social media put up towards President Muhammadu Buhari and the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.  

The matter was slated for adoption of the written addresses by the events concerned within the matter. 

But the prosecution counsel in an try to cite an authority referred to Nigerian Weekly Law Report (NWLR) as (NORL), in response to the argument of the defence counsel who had submitted  that solely the Attorney General of the Federation has the facility to prosecute a cost bordering on terrorism. 

After fighting the identify, the trial choose was compelled to ask him the that means of what he needed to say however he mentioned he didn’t understand it. He couldn’t additionally proceed with the quotation as he was silent for about 5 minutes. 

The choose, due to this fact, requested him to avail the court docket with the authority earlier than the following adjourned date. 

Meanwhile, the defence counsel, Emmanuel Ukaegbu after he had adopted his written deal with, submitted that the cost upon which the defendant was going through trial was not filed and that it was simply an exhibit to the movement on discover. 

He added that on that floor, the cost was not competent and legitimate. 

Ukaegbu additionally submitted that upon the ammendments of the costs, the prosecution should have filed a contemporary cost whereby the prosecution would endorse the order amending the cost however that was not executed. 

On counts 5 and 6 which bordered on terrorism, Ukaegbu argued that the Act upon which the cost was introduced mandated that solely the Attorney General of Federation has the facility to prosecute the defendant on any concern associated to terrorism. 

He argued that the Nigeria Police Force has no energy to prosecute the defendant. 

Ukaegbu additionally submitted that not one of the counts talked about the place the purported crime was dedicated by the defendant, which he mentioned was a necessary ingredient in any prison case. 

He cited the case of Belgore Vs FRN 2021 NWLR Page 503, the place the Supreme Court was particular that each cost should state clearly the place the crime was dedicated, which he mentioned was utterly lacking within the submission of the prosecution counsel. 

Also on depend 7 which bordered on treasonable felony, the defence counsel defined that not one of the prosecution witnesses made any reference of their assertion to the offence. 

He, due to this fact, urged the court docket to dismiss all the costs introduced towards the defendant and discharge and acquit him. 

The choose, after listening to the submission of each events, adjourned the case to November 22, 2021 for judgement.

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Drama As Nigeria Police Lawyer Goofs During Trial Of Pharmacist Detained Over Comments On Buhari

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