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(2022) JELR 109947 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/B/369/2017  •  7 Jul 2022  •  Nigeria

Uchechukwu Onyemenam James Gambo Abundaga Ademola Samuel Bola


JAMES GAMBO ABUNDAGA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The respondent, is an aged woman, and a widow, and childless. She acquired a piece of land measuring 50ft by 100ft, situate and being at Oka Area Unit, Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City. She had used the land for cash crop farming, with an intention to eventually build on it. She subsequently secured the assistance of her younger brother by name Mr. William Agbonlahor to prepare a building plan. Her brother in turn secured the services of one Mr. Henry Osakue to have the building plan prepared and to get it registered. Mr. Henry Osakue came back to inform her that the Town Planning Officials demanded for N500,000.00 for the facilitation of the registration and approval of the Building Plan. The respondent’s reaction to this demand was that the demand was a ploy by her neighbours to scare her from putting up the building because they were desirous of her land being converted to an access road in view of the fact that several…

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