APPEAL – APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT – Whether the Supreme Court can entertain an appeal directly from the decision of the High Court


“This Court, by dint of Section 233(1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, is only empowered to hear and determine appeals from the Court of Appeal. It does not have jurisdiction to hear and determine appeals from the High Court or the trial Judge. The Appellant has, in my firm view, come to a wrong forum with his argument or complaint that the learned trial Judge erred in not applying the principle established in EKPO v. THE STATE (supra) and that he did not take into consideration the fact that the Appellant was a first offender in the order imposing custodial prison sentences for the offences of rape and criminal force. The Appellant, having come to the wrong forum, this Court will be acting ultra vires to interfere with the discretion exercised by the trial Court.” Per EKO, J.S.C. in EYONG IDAM v. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (2020- LCER-39165-SC) at p. 13 – p. 14

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