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Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by naptu2: 11:09am On Dec 13, 2013
[size=14pt]Supreme Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of PDP Chieftain Bode George[/size]

December 13, 2013 - 09:37 — siteadmin


Bode George


Two days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo accused President Goodluck Jonathan of condoning corruption, a panel of judges at the Supreme Court of Nigeria today quashed the conviction handed Bode George a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain earlier jailed for corruption by a Lagos High Court.

 The court discharged and acquitted Mr. George claiming that prosecutors at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had no evidence of Mr. George's intention to commit fraud at the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) where as chairman of the NPA board he was caught presiding over a contract bazaar the bled the nation of Nigeria.

 A panel of judges headed by a controversial judge, John Afolabi Fabiyi JSC, ruled that the charges of "contract splitting" upon which Mr. George was convicted is unknown to law.

 The pattern of today's quashing of George's conviction was similar to that of a Lagos Court of Appeal ruling which similarly quashed a death sentence conviction of Major Hamza Al Mustapha's for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in 1994. In Lagos, a panel of Court of Appeal cleared former Chief Security Officer of late maximum dictator, Sanni Abacha Mustapha of murder charges under controversial circumstances. Al Mustapha later wrote a letter thanking President Jonathan for arranging his judicial pardon.

 Al Mustapha case was handled by the same lawyer, former president of the Nigeria Bar Association , Joseph B Daudu was Al Mustapha's lawyer in the Lagos case. Mr. Daudu, a senior advocate of Nigeria, also played a lead role in securing Mr. George's freedom today.

 Since leaving prison a few years ago, Mr. George had been closely linked to President Jonathan, even sometimes openly bragging that his conviction will be upturned.

http://mobile.saharareporters.com/news-page/supreme-court-quashes-corruption-conviction-pdp-chieftain-bode-george

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Pukkah: 11:37am On Dec 13, 2013
naptu2:
A panel of judges headed by a controversial judge, John Afolabi Fabiyi JSC, ruled that the charges of "contract splitting" upon which Mr. George was convicted is unknown to law.

The pattern of today's[b] quashing[/b] of George's conviction was similar to that of a Lagos Court of Appeal ruling which similarly quashed a death sentence conviction of Major Hamza Al Mustapha's for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in 1994. In Lagos, a panel of Court of Appeal cleared former Chief Security Officer of late maximum dictator, Sanni Abacha Mustapha of murder charges under controversial circumstances. Al Mustapha later wrote a letter thanking President Jonathan for arranging his judicial pardon.

Al Mustapha case was handled by the same lawyer, former president of the Nigeria Bar Association , Joseph B Daudu was Al Mustapha's lawyer in the Lagos case. Mr. Daudu, a senior advocate of Nigeria, also played a lead role in securing Mr. George's freedom today.

Since leaving prison a few years ago, Mr. George had been closely linked to President Jonathan, even sometimes openly bragging that his conviction will be upturned.


This is the season of quashing and clearing.

The report did not mention the quashing of Alamieyeseigha's conviction. Never in the annals of Nigeria's democracy have more convictions been quashed and individuals cleared than now.

More and more convictions are being quashed and cleared under the corruption-friendly administration of the Chief Quasher himself, Conviction Clearer Quashluck JonaClear.

Nigeria may be on the brink of being quashed and cleared!

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Tolexander: 11:48am On Dec 13, 2013
Definitely, if James Onanefe Ibori was convicted here and sentenced in Nigeria, the conviction would also be quashed.

Different ways to make the convicts relevant for the 2015 general election from pardoning a criminal to discharging and acquitting after sentencing to death and now quashing of conviction.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Pukkah: 11:54am On Dec 13, 2013
Tolexander: Definitely, if James Onanefe Ibori was convicted here and sentenced in Nigeria, the conviction would also be quashed.

Different ways to make the convicts relevant for the 2015 general election from pardoning a criminal to discharging and acquitting after sentencing to death and now quashing of conviction.

It is curious that the 'quashing' Court says contract-splitting is 'unknown to law'.

See excerpts from the Public Procurement Act 2007:


Fundamental Principles Section 16(4).
37. The appropriate methods, procedures and contract award for public procurement of goods and works shall be subject to the prior review thresholds as may be set from time to time by the BPP.

38. Value for money obtained through efficiency, fair access to bids and transparency, shall remain the main objective of the Procuring Entity.

39. Contracts shall not be split into smaller units in order to avoid competitive bidding or be distributed among various lots to different bidders to enlarge bidder participation at the cost of lesser economy and efficiency.


I thought it was an exaggeration when it was said that it is somebody's destiny to bankrupt Nigeria.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Clerverly: 12:02pm On Dec 13, 2013
......And Goodluck Jonathan keeps going down the mud! He is now officially the Daddy of Corruption in Nigeria angry angry angry

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Tolexander: 12:15pm On Dec 13, 2013
Pukkah:

It is curious that the 'quashing' Court says contract-splitting is 'unknown to law'.

See excerpts from the Public Procurement Act 2007:


Fundamental Principles Section 16(4).
37. The appropriate methods, procedures and contract award for public procurement of goods and works shall be subject to the prior review thresholds as may be set from time to time by the BPP.

38. Value for money obtained through efficiency, fair access to bids and transparency, shall remain the main objective of the Procuring Entity.

39. Contracts shall not be split into smaller units in order to avoid competitive bidding or be distributed among various lots to different bidders to enlarge bidder participation at the cost of lesser economy and efficiency.


I thought it was an exaggeration when it was said that it is somebody's destiny to bankrupt Nigeria.
lol, we are talking politricks, you are talking law!

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Sunnybobo3(m): 12:18pm On Dec 13, 2013
Clerverly: ......And Goodluck Jonathan keeps going down the mud! He is now officially the Daddy of Corruption in Nigeria angry angry angry

What concerns Goodluck Jonathan with a judgement of the Supreme Court?

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by ProfCorruption: 12:33pm On Dec 13, 2013
Pukkah:

It is curious that the 'quashing' Court says contract-splitting is 'unknown to law'.

See excerpts from the Public Procurement Act 2007:


Fundamental Principles Section 16(4).
37. The appropriate methods, procedures and contract award for public procurement of goods and works shall be subject to the prior review thresholds as may be set from time to time by the BPP.

38. Value for money obtained through efficiency, fair access to bids and transparency, shall remain the main objective of the Procuring Entity.

39. Contracts shall not be split into smaller units in order to avoid competitive bidding or be distributed among various lots to different bidders to enlarge bidder participation at the cost of lesser economy and efficiency.


I thought it was an exaggeration when it was said that it is somebody's destiny to bankrupt Nigeria.

It's a political judgement bought with stolen oil money.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by naptu2: 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2013
[size=14pt]BREAKING: Supreme Court upturns Lagos High Court conviction of Bode George[/size]

By Wale Odunsi on December 13, 2013

@waleodunsi


The Supreme Court of Nigeria, Friday morning quashed the conviction of a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Bode George by a Lagos High Court.

The apex court, in discharging and acquitting George, stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had no evidence that he committed fraud at the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) as alleged.

According to the judges led by John Afolabi Fabiyi JSC, the charges of “contract splitting” filed against George was unknown to the law.


The judgement, which no doubt will raise more dust from anti-corruption activists and Nigerians, was not unexpected as the politician himself once said his conviction would be overruled.

http://dailypost.com.ng/2013/12/13/breaking-supreme-court-upturns-lagos-high-court-conviction-bode-george/
Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Digitron: 12:42pm On Dec 13, 2013
Y is President GEJ committing political mistake everyday, the same prediction that OBJ made is gradually coming to fulfilment.
NIGERIA I WEEP FOR THEE!!!!!!

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by TonySpike: 12:44pm On Dec 13, 2013
This is the season of "ORDER FROM ABOVE". Nigeria is going through her worst moments of monumental corruption...

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by nduchucks: 12:45pm On Dec 13, 2013
(1)Governor Bode George (2)Senator Bode George (3)Rep Bode George take your pick, he is now free to contest elections in Lagos State.

He can always pull an Atiku by joining the Labor party and running for the Governor of Lagos, so that they can Pull an Obi/Anambra techinique on APC. He'll be rewarded, upon his return to PDP after the elections, with an Ambasadorial job. cheesy
Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by erniok(m): 12:45pm On Dec 13, 2013
When there is no law, then there is no sin.
If there is nothing like ' contract splitting' in our law, then EFCC erred in trying get him convicted by all means.
Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by ProfCorruption: 12:52pm On Dec 13, 2013
Pukkah:

It is curious that the 'quashing' Court says contract-splitting is 'unknown to law'.

See excerpts from the Public Procurement Act 2007:


Fundamental Principles Section 16(4).
37. The appropriate methods, procedures and contract award for public procurement of goods and works shall be subject to the prior review thresholds as may be set from time to time by the BPP.

38. Value for money obtained through efficiency, fair access to bids and transparency, shall remain the main objective of the Procuring Entity.

39. Contracts shall not be split into smaller units in order to avoid competitive bidding or be distributed among various lots to different bidders to enlarge bidder participation at the cost of lesser economy and efficiency.


I thought it was an exaggeration when it was said that it is somebody's destiny to bankrupt Nigeria.

Nigeria's criminal justice system is itself criminal.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Clerverly: 12:53pm On Dec 13, 2013
Talk of dirty politics of convenience! This country is now in a pool of mess angry angry angry We all should be ashamed now! Jonathan, God will definitely punish your entire lineage for selling the image of Nigeria for a plate of Ijaw banga soup.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by onemopol: 12:59pm On Dec 13, 2013
Pukkah:

It is curious that the 'quashing' Court says contract-splitting is 'unknown to law'.

See excerpts from the Public Procurement Act 2007:


Fundamental Principles Section 16(4).
37. The appropriate methods, procedures and contract award for public procurement of goods and works shall be subject to the prior review thresholds as may be set from time to time by the BPP.

38. Value for money obtained through efficiency, fair access to bids and transparency, shall remain the main objective of the Procuring Entity.

39. Contracts shall not be split into smaller units [size=25pt]in order to avoid competitive bidding [/size] or be distributed among various lots to different bidders to enlarge bidder participation [size=25pt]at the cost of lesser economy and efficiency[/size].


I thought it was an exaggeration when it was said that it is somebody's destiny to bankrupt Nigeria.

I no fit shout. The onus now rest with the prosecution to prove that contract splitting has either led to lesser economic efficiency and negative affected the principles of competitive bidding before it becomes an offence.
Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by iconoclast(m): 1:04pm On Dec 13, 2013
And we want the committee of nations to take Nigeria serious. As far as I'm concerned, Nigeria is the joke of the century.
Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by OrlandoOwoh(m): 1:09pm On Dec 13, 2013
OBJ said it, Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the commity of nations since GEJ became President.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Nobody: 1:10pm On Dec 13, 2013
Some of you are hopelessly daft. Can you establish that the president influenced the SUPREME COURT judgment? If not, then why drag his name into the matter?

At least we had proof that the disgraced Justhief Salami, former President of the Appeal Court, was influenced by Tinubu to facilitate favourable rulings for ACN in Osun and Ekiti (thanks to MTN call logs). Is there any evidence that Goodluck Jonathan was in touch with the Supreme Court justices prior to this judgment?

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Nobody: 1:12pm On Dec 13, 2013
Nigeria is finished

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by gratiaeo(m): 1:14pm On Dec 13, 2013
Of course this was going to be the outcome all along as the judge that jailed him erred in law. EFCC’s evidence was flawed and inconclusive but i guess the case was politically influenced in Lagos then.

Shady work by EFCC and inept judgement by the the lower courts will always be thrown out by the supreme court. I followed the case when he was initially jailed and most of the evidence against him should have been thrown out by the presiding judge.

I am not in any way saying Bode George is not corrupt cos 99% of Nigerians are.. What i am saying is that the court need solid and impeccable evidence to convict people and not rely on emotions or political interference as displayed in this case

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by otokx(m): 1:15pm On Dec 13, 2013
GEJ has nothing to do with the Judiciary, there are 3 arms of government in Nigeria.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by kokoA(m): 1:15pm On Dec 13, 2013
Welcome to Nigeria.. grin all hail Bode George, the mandela of PDP.. grin He was "unjustly" imprisoned for what the party stands for "corruption". He suffered many years "unjustly" for his beliefs. Thanks be to Jah he has been set free by the highest court in the land to continue the struggle for what he believes in grin

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by dayokanu(m): 1:16pm On Dec 13, 2013
Can the country get worse?

Alams was granted presidential pardon

Bode george now declared never to have been corrupt

With this ruling, Can Bode now sue the govt for wrongful detention and make his own share of the national loot

Whats the lowest Retardeen govt can go to? any guesses?

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by onemopol: 1:17pm On Dec 13, 2013
Sincerely lets eVen leave GEJ out of this for sometime.


I have never liked Bode George but sincerely I am really surprised that of the gamut of allegations that the prosecution worked on, it was just for contract splitting they convict the guy. I would have expected very strong/compelling grounds of obvious corrupt dealings.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by taharqa: 1:18pm On Dec 13, 2013
I dont undastad: a full panel (7) of Supreme Court Justices gives a Judgement, and sm people are calling d President? What is d business of d President with d Supreme Court and d Supreme Court Judgements??

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by Tolexander: 1:19pm On Dec 13, 2013
GEJTILL2019: your father is tinubu aka oju yobo is king of corruption!
kings also have daddies.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by sCun: 1:25pm On Dec 13, 2013
Why can't Saharareporters ever give us balanced news and let us make conclusions ourselves?

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by jmaine: 1:25pm On Dec 13, 2013
The highest court of the land has spoken, no tear shedding episodes, screams and wailing will reverse anything.You are advised not to dispense futile energies grin

The Law does not pander to sentiments and emotions but irrefutable evidence beyond all reasonable doubt.

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Re: Supreme-Court Quashes Corruption Conviction Of Bode George by dridowu: 1:27pm On Dec 13, 2013
ndu_chucks: (1)Governor Bode George (2)Senator Bode George (3)Rep Bode George take your pick, he is now free to contest elections in Lagos State.

He can always pull an Atiku by joining the Labor party and running for the Governor of Lagos, so that they can Pull an Obi/Anambra techinique on APC. He'll be rewarded, upon his return to PDP after the elections, with an Ambasadorial job. cheesy
ds lagos we dy so , bode george shd forget anything elective post, he can only get his appoint frm from FG. IF bode george shd contest 4 any position in Lagos i am 100% sure d loose will start from his pooling booth
pro01:
At least we had proof that the disgraced Justhief Salami, former President of the Appeal Court, was influenced by Tinubu to facilitate favourable rulings for ACN in Osun and Ekiti (thanks to MTN call logs).
guy 4get call log, if truly d call log exist PDP would have use it to overturn d rulling since 2010. Or do u think PDP does not want to return to power ? D Last time i check d Juge dy call Tinubu man is no more d head of appeal court and if pdp blve dy have good case dy can use d stup.id MTN call log to over turn d judgement in dr favour.
sCun: Why can't Saharareporters ever give us balanced news and let us make conclusions ourselves?
y do u have to wait 4 saharareporters ? U can balance d news by google search it up. A lot of Nigeria newspapers are online

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