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BEN ANACHEBE ESQ v. KINGSLEY IJEOMA & ORS

(2014) JELR 36537 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.183/2004  •  27 Jun 2014  •  Nigeria

Coram
IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD JSC; MUHAMMAD SAIFULLAH MUNTAKA-COOMASSIE JSC; SYLVESTER NWALI NGWUTA JSC; OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA JSC; CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI JSC;

Judgement

CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): By a Writ of Summons filed on 15th June, 2000 and issued on 18th July, 2000, the appellant, a private Legal Practitioner initially sued all the three Respondents jointly and severally for a liquidated sum of money in settlement of his professional fees and agreed commission for services duly rendered at the instance of the appellant/respondent for the benefit of all the Respondents. It was specifically pleaded in the statement of claim that the 1st Respondent (now before us as the only respondent to be so designated) had withheld the said fees/commission.

It is the appellant's contention that the writ of summons and statement of claim were duly served on the Respondents in July 2000 and that for over 18 months thereafter, the latter failed or refused to file their joint or several defence, though they and their counsel occasionally attended or appeared in court. In further contention, the appellant alleged that he subseque…

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