The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Peter Nwaoboshi’s appeal against his seven-year prison sentence as soon as possible.
Nwaoboshi is the current senator for Delta North in the ninth National Assembly.
The Court of Appeal in Lagos convicted and sentenced the lawmaker and his two companies, Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd, to seven years in prison in July 2022 for laundering N322 million in 2014.
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However, Peter Nwaoboshi appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court.
In a ruling, a five-member panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, granted Nwaoboshi’s request that his appeal is heard expeditiously.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other respondents have not opposed Nwaoboshi’s petition, Justice Ariwoola ruled in the lead opinion that the petition should be granted.
The CJN subsequently rescheduled the appeal hearing for February 9, 2023, as opposed to the previously scheduled date of November 21, 2024.
Kanu Agabi, Counsel for Nwaoboshi and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, stated that his client is an incumbent Senator who is also running in the general elections of 2023.
Agabi added that Nwaoboshi’s appeal needed to be heard on time to avoid a scenario in which he would be sentenced to jail only to have his appeal be successful when it is eventually heard.
The court ruled after the EFCC’s counsel, Abba Mohammed, and other attorneys in the case did not object to the application.
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