EVIDENCE – CONFESSIONAL STATEMENT – Effect where the Court is satisfied that a confession is voluntary


“In Mindi v. The State (2020) LPELR-52897 (SC), this Court held that: “It is now well settled that once a confessional statement is proved to have been made voluntarily, as in the instant case, such as being direct, positive, unequivocal and very suggestive of an admission of guilt by the accused person, it is sufficient to ground a conviction where the maker resiled therefrom or retracted the same completely at the trial. It has always been the position of this Court that a confessional statement, once properly proved, is sufficient to sustain a conviction despite the retraction by the maker as it is in the instant case.” Per ABDU ABOKI, JSC in STANLEY OSSAI v. PEOPLE OF LAGOS STATE (2022-LCER-46530-SC) (Pp 23 – 23; Paras C – F)

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