Major Akeem Oseni: The Landmark Judgment was written and delivered by Hon. Justice (Sir) Biobele Abraham Georgewill, JCA
Constitutional Lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome has stated that the erudite Judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on Monday was actually written and delivered by Hon. Justice (Sir) Biobele Abraham Georgewill, JCA.
Chief Ozekhome made this clarification in a statement made available to BarristerNG on Friday.
OUR ATTENTION HAS BEEN DRAWN TO AN UNINTENTIONAL SLIP WITH RESPECT TO THE JUDGMENT DELIVERED ON MONDAY 31ST NOVEMBER, 2022, IN APPEAL NO:CA/ABJ/CR/764/2021 – MAJOR AKEEM ADEROGBA OSENI (N/12127) OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY, WHERE THE COURT OF APPEAL HAD IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED THE APPELLANT OF THE CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER PUNISHABLE UNDER SECTION 105(A) OF THE ARMED FORCES ACT, CAP A20, LAWS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA, 2004, IN A LANDMARK APPEAL ARGUED BY CHIEF MIKE OZEKHOME, SAN, ON 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2022.
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OUR ATTENTION HAS JUST BEEN DRAWN TO THE REGRETFUL FACT THAT IT WAS ERRONEOUSLY STATED THAT THE LEAD JUDGMENT WAS DELIVERED BY HIS LORDSHIP, HON JUSTICE ISAH BATURE GAFAI, JCA. THE CORRECT POSITION IS THAT THE WELL-RESEARCHED AND INDEPTH LEAD JUDGMENT IN THE SAID APPEAL WAS ACTUALLY WRITTEN AND DELIVERED BY HIS LORDSHIP, HON JUSTICE (SIR) BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL, JCA,WHILE MY LORDS, HON JUSTICE STEPHEN JONAH ADAH, JCA (PJ) PRESIDED;AND HON JUSTICE ISAH BATURE GAFAI, JCA, COMPLETED THE PANEL THAT DELIVERED THE ERUDITE, INCISIVE AND UNANIMOUS JUDGEMENT.”
BarristerNG reported that the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday discharged and acquitted Major Akeem Aderogba Oseni, who was earlier convicted of manslaughter over the death of a junior colleague.
The landmark appeal was filed and argued by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, on Monday.