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Danladi Abdullahi



Robbery and Conspiracy to commit robbery



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"Wrongly convicted in 1981 along with two co-defendants, Sumaila Sokoto and Umoru Usufu of conspiring to rob and robbing with an offensive weapon, a woman of N200.00 on September 12, 1981. The three men were sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for the conspiracy and to death by hanging for the robbery. After they had completed the prison sentences, the three were awaiting the death sentence when on April 23 2003, a Lagos lawyer, Mr. Sylvia Ogwemoh brought an appeal on behalf of Usufu to the Court of Appeal challenging the verdict on six grounds of appeal together with three issues for determination. The Ct of Appeals ruled that contradictions in the victim's extra-judicial statement to the police and her oral evidence at the defendant's trial had rendered her oral evidence unreliable. The Court also ruled as a matter of law (based on Nigerian precedents) that the five witness statements that the prosecution had concealed from the defense were exculpatory. In conclusion, in December 2006 the Court quashed Usuf's conviction and sentence and ordered that a judgement of acquittal be entered. Since his two co-defendants were convicted on the same evidence, the same order was entered for them."

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"False, and possibly perjurious testimony of the alleged robbery victim."

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Convictions quashed and order that judgment of acquittal ordered by Nigeria's Court of Appeals in December 2006.

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"Conviction for robbery conspiracy not inferred from substantive offence, This Day (Johannesburg, SA), December 11, 2006"

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"Man escapes hanging 25 years after conviction, Guardian (UK), December 11, 2006"

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