Barrister Nwobike Appeals Against Conviction By Lagos Court

Hours after his conviction for attempt to pervert cause of justice, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN, has filed appeal against the judgment by Justice Raliatu Adebiyi.

Justice Adebiyi earlier on Monday convicted Nwobike on the allegation of attempt to pervert the cause of justice brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Adebiyi found Nwobike guilty of twelve count out of the 18 count allegations brought against him and sentenced him to 30 days imprisonment on the 18 counts.

In a notice of appeal which was immediately filed by Nwobike’s lawyer, Wale Akoni (SAN) the SAN contended amongst other things that the allegation of attempt to pervert the cause of justice for which he was convicted was not proved by the EFCC.

The appeal also insists that the judgment was unreasonable and unwarranted.

Justice Adebiyi in her judgment held that Nwobike deliberately attempted to pervert the cause of justice by sending text message to a judicial official with instruction to influence the assignment of several cases to Justice Yunusa.

Justice noted that Nwobike conviction should send a signal about the seriousness of the government to fight corruption.

She observed that Nwobike was obviously motivated by the zeal for success and the will to succeed at all cost.

In considering the plea for leniency by Nwobike’s lawyer, Wale Akoni, SAN, Justice Adebiyi stated that Nwobike being a senior advocate has brought shame to the legal profession.

She, however, stated that in sentencing the defendant, the court considered his no previous criminal record, his comportment in court and other factors in reducing the 2 years prescribed jail term to 30 days in prison.

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