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Bode George gets leave to amend appeal

By Innocent Anaba & Wahab Abdulah
Former Deputy National Chairman, South, of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, convicted by a Lagos High Court, was Thursday granted leave by the Court of Appeal,  Lagos, to amend his notice of appeal.

Chief George is in the  appeal, challenging the October 26, 2009 judgment of an Ikeja High Court,  which sentenced him to a two-year jail term for disobeying lawful order.  The newly constituted three-member panel, presided over by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, in granting the application for the amendment of notice of appeal by George’s counsel, dismissed the objection of the EFCC’s counsel, on the ground that it was misconceived.

The court held that it was premature for the EFCC  to oppose the application at a stage when the hearing in the substantive appeal had not commenced. The five other convicts, with the exception of Alhaji Abdullahi Tafida, were also permitted to amend their notices of appeal. Alhaji Tafida,  it was gathered did not file for the amendment of his notice of appeal.

The other four, who got the court’s nod to amend their notices of appeal are  Architect Dabo,  Captain Abidoye, Alhaji Maidaribe and Engineer Aliyu.

Meanwhile, hearing in the substantive appeal has been adjourned till April 22.


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