AKINTAN, J .C.A. (Delivering the Leading Ruling): The applicant, the Attorney-General of Rivers State, has by his motion dated 18th August, 2003, prayed this court for the following reliefs:
"(i) Extension of time within which the appellant/applicant can apply for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the judgment of Justice T. K. Osu of the Rivers State High Court delivered on the 16th April, 1996 in suit No. PHC/1097/94.
(ii) Leave to appeal against the judgment of T. K. Osu, J. delivered on 16th April, 1996 in suit No. PHC/1097/94
(iii) Extending the time within which to appeal against the judgment of Justice T. K. Osu, J. delivered on 16th April in suit No. PHC/1097/94."
The motion was supported with affidavit evidence. It was opposed and to that end counter-affidavits were disposed to and filed. The facts of the case as disclosed in the various affidavits filed in the case are that the applicant and the 2nd respondent were sued as defendants in the claim instituted at t…