EVIDENCE – TAINTED WITNESS – Whether the law disqualifies blood relation or close relatives of a deceased person from testifying for the prosecution in a murder trial

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“…there is no law which disqualifies blood relation or close relatives of a deceased person from testifying for the prosecution in a murder trial. What is important is their credibility and that they are not tainted witnesses. See Nkebisi & Anor v The State (2010) 5 NWLR (pt 1188) 471; Ali v State (2015) LPELR – 2971 (SC), Ude v State (2016) LPELR – 40441 (SC). As long as the Court finds the evidence of PW1 and PW2 to be credible as direct evidence, it is of no moment that they are blood relations with the deceased. There is no law which prohibits blood relations from testifying for the prosecution.” Per JOHN INYANG OKORO, JSC in WOWEM v. STATE (2021-LCER-40502-SC) (Pp 39 – 39; Paras A – C)

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