Senior lawyer bags 1yr imprisonment for perversion of justice

A division of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday sentenced Dr Joseph Nwobike (SAN) to prison on charges of bribing a Judge and instructing the course of justice.

Nwobike was convicted on 12 counts of attempting to pervert justice.

He was sentenced to one month in prison for each of the 12 counts. But because the sentences are to run concurrently, he would spend only one month in prison.

Justice Adebiyi, however, found the lawyer not guilty on offences of offering gratification to a judicial officer and making false declaration to an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had on March 9, 2016 arraigned Nwobike before Justice Adebiyi on a five​-​count charge of allegedly offering gratification and attempting to pervert ​the ​course of justice.

The lawyer faced criminal prosecution for allegedly bribing Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court judge to refrain from exercising the duties of his office.

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