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ATTORNEY GENERAL OF RIVERS STATE & ORS v. LAGOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY

(2018) JELR 38325 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.964/2016(R)  •  17 Oct 2018  •  Nigeria

Coram
WALTER SAMUEL NKANU ONNOGHEN JSC; MUSA DATTIJO MUHAMMAD JSC; KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS JSC; KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN JSC; JOHN INYANG OKORO JSC; CHIMA CENTUS NWEZE JSC; EJEMBI EKO JSC;

Judgement

JOHN INYANG OKORO, JSC (Delivering the Lead Ruling): The intervener/applicant filed a motion on notice on 13/11/17 seeking an order of this Court granting leave to the Applicant to be heard in these proceedings concerning the question whether the Plaintiffs/Respondents' Amended Originating summons dated 27th April, 2017 and questions which they submit for determination, ought to be heard by the Court in its original jurisdiction. On 20th of July, 2018, this Court gave a ruling and held that it has original jurisdiction to entertain the Plaintiffs' claim. Thus, the intervener/applicant's motion has been overtaken by events.

For the avoidance of doubt, Section 232(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 [as amended) states:-

"232(1) The Supreme Court shall, to the exclusion of any other Court, have original jurisdiction in any dispute between the Federation and a State or between States if and in so far as that dispute involves any question (whether of law or fact) …

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